Thursday, April 2, 2020

Tag: Spinal Cord Injury Research

Scientists find a new way to regrow nerves in spinal injuries

Published: March 12, 2020

In experiments on rats with spinal cord injuries, the rodents improved their walking ability following treatment.

Researchers have demonstrated a novel method that might regrow nerve cells at the site of spinal injuries.

Research Identifies a Protein for Tissue Repair After the Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 4, 2020

Recently researchers discovered an axon guidance protein known as Plexin B2 in the central nervous system (CNS). During the spinal cord injury, this protein plays a significant role in the healing of the wound and neural repair.

The experiment was designed and conducted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. This study could help the development of the treatments or therapies which target axon guidance pathways for treating the patients of Spinal cord injury more effectively.

6 key developments in spinal cord injury research

Published: February 14, 2020

Here are six key updates in the treatment of spinal cord injuries in the past six months:

The Tim and Caroline Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation at Kessler Foundation opened in East Hanover, N.J., in January. The facility has more than 50 researchers focusing on spinal stimulation research and restoring function in people with paralysis. Gail Forrest, PhD, who specializes in applying electrical stimulation to spinal cord injury research, was appointed director of the center.

Can an Active Lifestyle Improve Recovery After a Spinal Cord Injury?

Published: January 23, 2020

Permanent neurological impairments can occur after spinal cord injury (SCI) due to the failure of the spinal cord motor and sensory axons to regenerate.

This is because the mammalian central nervous system (CNS), unlike in some amphibians and reptiles, has inhibitory molecules blocking growth post-development, as well as the lack of an effective regenerative response system. Within the peripheral nervous system (PNS), there is some limited axonal recovery that can occur naturally.

Restoring arm, hand function after spinal cord injury focus of clinical trial

Published: December 12, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spinal cord injuries caused by accidents, violence and disease paralyze from the neck down more than 5,000 people every year. In the first few months after injury, some people regain some movement and sensation in their limbs. Those who do not show improvement in the first few months are unlikely to ever recover.

A common drug could help restore limb function after spinal cord injury

Published: December 3, 2019

In mouse study, nerve pain drug gabapentin promotes regeneration of neural circuits

Long-term treatment with gabapentin, a commonly prescribed drug for nerve pain, could help restore upper limb function after a spinal cord injury, new research in mice suggests.

In the study, mice treated with gabapentin regained roughly 60 percent of forelimb function in a skilled walking test, compared to restoration of approximately 30 percent of forelimb function in mice that received a placebo.

Sleep and sleepiness ‘a huge problem’ for people with spinal cord injury

Published: November 7, 2019

A new study led by a University of Calgary researcher at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) finds that fatigue and sleep may need more attention in order to prevent issues like stroke after spinal cord injury.

“People with spinal cord injury have alarming rates of stroke, and we wanted to understand why,” says study lead Dr. Aaron Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor, in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, and member of the CSM’s Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Repairing a highway: how can we fix spinal cord injury?

Published: October 25, 2019

The functional sophistication of the spinal cord can have devastating consequences. Will modern scientific developments replicate its functions?

The “central nervous system” delicately orchestrates the complex concerto of our mental and physical faculties, from perception through to action and all the intermediary processes in-between. Such functional sophistication is disturbed in spinal cord injury, which can have devastating short-term and long-term consequences, determined by the level and severity of the injury.

New Biomaterial Developed That Could Be a Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: October 23, 2019

Polymerized estrogen shown to protect nervous system cells. Research could enable improved treatment of spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord damage that causes paralysis and reduced mobility doesn’t always stop with the initial trauma, but there are few treatment options to halt increased deterioration — and there is no cure. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a promising new biomaterial that could offer targeted treatment to the damaged spinal cord and tissue, preventing further damage.

The long road of recovery after spinal cord damage

Published: October 16, 2019

U.S. Department of Defense awards $800,000 to Case Western Reserve for spinal cord injury research

People who live with spinal injuries often say that the first year of recovery is the toughest—not only for them, but their caregivers as well.

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