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Spinal cord injuries are extremely tragic, often leading to irreversible paralysis. Many groups around the world are pursuing various treatment options. Some of these attempt to transplant new neurons to repair the damage, use drugs to boost natural healing, or use electronic means to bridge the gap.
Currently it’s only in mice, but some researchers from China have produced extremely promising results using tissue engineering.
RALEIGH One paralyzed dog even got its wag back.
The new study at N.C. State University, though, was mainly to see if two experimental drugs could help dogs with spinal cord injuries regain the use of their hind legs, something that may have implications for injured humans, too. Three did, with dramatic – if imperfect – improvement in their ability to walk.
The study, which was published last week in the online journal PLOS ONE, includes a short video clip of one of the trio on a treadmill before and after getting one of the drugs.