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Updates on MS, stroke, spinal cord injury and more

Published: July 24, 2009

c0979970cNew research in the area of regenerative medicine is coming out regularly. Here are some recent examples:

  • Researchers in Toronto and Saskatchewan are looking at cells found in human skin, inside the nose and in the spinal cord as autologous sources of myelinating cells to treat multiple sclerosis.

Stem-Cell Breakthrough

Published: July 24, 2009

StemCells_330It’s a chilling thought. In the coming year, 130,000 people worldwide will suffer spinal-cord injuries—in a car crash, perhaps, or a fall. More than 90 percent of them will endure at least partial paralysis. There is no cure. But after a decade of hype and controversy over research on embryonic stem cells—cells that could, among other things, potentially repair injured spinal cords—the world’s first clinical trial is about to begin. As early as this month, the first of 10 newly injured Americans, paralyzed from the waist down, will become participants in a study to assess the safety of a conservative, low-dose treatment. If all goes well, researchers will have taken a promising step toward a goal that once would have been considered a miracle—to help the lame walk.

The trial signals a new energy permeating the field of stem-cell research.