Previous studies have shown that multiple stem cell implantations might assist adults suffering from complete spinal cord injuries (SCI). Now a groundbreaking study released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine shows for the first time that children with SCI might benefit, too.
Marcin Majka, Ph.D., and Danuta Jarocha, Ph.D., led the study at Jagiellonian University College of Medicine in Krakow, Poland. “Although it was conducted on a small number of patients carrying a different injury level and type, preliminary results demonstrate the possibility of attaining neurological, motor and sensation and quality-of-life improvement in children with a chronic complete spinal cord injury through multiple bone marrow derived cell (BMNC) implantations. Intravenous implantations of these cells seem to prevent and/or help the healing of pressure ulcers,” Dr. Majka said.
Spinal cord injuries often involve young people but few teens and college students understand the potentially life threatening risks that come with playing many popular sports. Unfortunately, with their youth often comes a feeling of invulnerability, and the belief that they are impervious to injury. It’s all part of being young, but all it only takes is one fall, or one bad tackle to turn a cheerleading stunt or football game into a literal nightmare. Spinal cord injury awareness is often overlooked during training, possibly because concussions and other more common injuries take the forefront.
(NAPSI)—While between 1,500 to 2,000 children and adolescents sustain spinal cord injuries every year, you can help keep your kids out of such statistics.
The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves inside the backbone. It controls voluntary actions-moving arms or legs—and involuntary actions—digestion or breathing.
Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis and disruption of bowel, bladder and sexual function. Such injuries can also affect all areas of life, including relationships, mental health, independent living, education, employment and overall satisfaction with life.
UofL adds $2.7 million to effort from Owsley Frazier gift
Efforts by University of Louisville researchers to help children with spinal cord injuries received a significant boost today. UofL announced that Kosair Charities is providing $7.3 million in support of the work of Andrea Behrman, M.D., in exploring how to help children regain the use of limbs paralyzed as the result of spinal cord injuries and other causes.
Many times when I find out one of my patients is, are pregnant, I will put them in therapy in the second trimester, for a number of things.