Thursday, November 14, 2019

Tag: Treatments

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.

Acupuncture Improves Spinal Cord Injury Bladder Function

Published: September 2, 2019

Acupuncture improves bladder function for spinal cord injury patients. First Affiliated Huai’an People’s Hospital of Nanjing Medical University researchers find acupuncture combined with intermittent catheterization alleviates neurogenic bladder dysfunction caused by traumatic spinal cord injuries . The study found significant improvements in bladder capacity, residual volume, urinary flow rate, urinary volume, and detrusor pressure following this combined treatment approach.

Dr Jerry Silver – Spinal Cord Damage and Emerging Treatments

Published: February 15, 2019

Injuries to the spinal cord can cause permanent paralysis and even lead to death, with little to no hope of regaining lost functions once the trauma has occurred.

Dr Jerry Silver and his team at Case Western Reserve University Medical School, USA, have been working to understand why nerves that are damaged through spinal injury don’t regenerate and to identify non-invasive, easy to administer strategies that can promote robust functional recovery.

Japan’s approval of stem-cell treatment for spinal-cord injury concerns scientists

Published: January 24, 2019

Chief among their worries is insufficient evidence that the therapy works.

Japan has approved a stem-cell treatment for spinal-cord injuries. The event marks the first such therapy for this kind of injury to receive government approval for sale to patients.

“This is an unprecedented revolution of science and medicine, which will open a new era of healthcare,” says oncologist Masanori Fukushima, head of the Translational Research Informatics Center, a Japanese government organization in Kobe that has been giving advice and support to the project for more than a decade.

Stem Cell Therapy for Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Published: October 23, 2018

In this presentation, Dr.Alicia Fuhrman in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, explains the complex and rapidly expanding field of stem cell medicine.

Paralyzed Mice Walk Following Drug Therapy

Published: July 20, 2018

Spinal cord injury (SCI) commonly results in paralysis from the injury site down, even when the spinal cord hasn’t been severed completely. The remaining nerve cells that might bridge the gap appear to switch off, resulting in total loss of muscle control and sensation. Scientists at Boston Children’s Hospital have now identified a small molecule drug that effectively reactivates the signaling pathways between these remaining nerve cells and the brain, restoring walking ability in mice that had been paralyzed by SCI.

Tendon Transfer: Restoring Hand & Arm Function to Spinal Cord Patients

Published: May 31, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

After suffering a severe spinal cord injury from a bad fall at work, Scott McConnell had little function remaining in his hands and arms.

Scientists discover new way to help nerve regeneration in spinal cord injury

Published: December 11, 2017

There is currently no cure for spinal cord injury or treatment to help nerve regeneration so therapies offering intervention are limited. People with severe spinal cord injuries can remain paralysed for life and this is often accompanied by incontinence.

A team led by Drs Liang-Fong Wong and Nicolas Granger from Bristol’s Faculty of Health Sciences has successfully transplanted genetically modified cells that secrete a treatment molecule shown to be effective at removing the scar following spinal cord damage. The scar in the damaged spinal cord typically limits recovery by blocking nerve regrowth.

Spinal Cord Injury Patients Face Many Serious Health Problems Besides Paralysis

Published: February 16, 2017

MAYWOOD, IL –  Paralysis is just one of the many serious health problems faced by patients who suffer spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord patients also are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease; pneumonia; life-threatening blood clots; bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction; constipation and other gastrointestinal problems; pressure ulcers; and chronic pain, according to a report published in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

Male Fertility After a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: February 3, 2017

Spinal Cord Injury Fertility Management – The Men’s Clinic at UCLA

Spinal Cord Injury Fertility

A spinal cord injury is a devastating event in a man’s life. Many spinal cord injured men are told that they are infertile because of their injury. This is usually not true. Men are often unable to ejaculate after spinal cord injury but their sperm production is usually normal. The physicians at The Men’s Clinic at UCLA can determine the best way to retrieve sperm from a spinal cord injured man and use the sperm for intra-uterine insemination (IUI) or invitro fertilization (IVF).

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