Natural Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury Uncovered

Now improvement can be seen by 6 months

A study led by researchers in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine shows unexpected and extensive natural recovery after spinal cord injury in primates.

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In Breakthrough, Nerve Connections Are Regenerated After Spinal Cord Injury

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New research points the way toward a potential therapy to induce regeneration of nerve connections following spinal cord injury.

Researchers for the first time have induced robust regeneration of nerve connections that control voluntary movement after spinal cord injury, showing the potential for new therapeutic approaches to paralysis and other motor function impairments.

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Engineering Could Give Reconstructive Surgery a Facelift

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Using engineering design methods, researchers model custom bone replacement implants for facial reconstruction surgery.

Facial reconstruction patients may soon have the option of custom-made bone replacements optimized for both form and function, thanks to researchers at the University of Illinois and the Ohio State University Medical Center.

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Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Restores Walking Ability In Rats With Neck Injuries

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Illustration of rat with spinal injury. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of California

The first human embryonic stem cell treatment approved by the FDA for human testing has been shown to restore limb function in rats with neck spinal cord injuries — a finding that could expand the clinical trial to include people with cervical damage.

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Nanomedicine Promising For Treating Spinal Cord Injuries, Findings Show

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This image represents “copolymer micelles,” tiny drug-delivery spheres that could be used in a new approach for repairing damaged nerve fibers in spinal cord injuries. The bottom graphs show data indicating damaged spinal cord tissue recovered its “action potential,” or ability to transmit signals, after treatment with the micelles.

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a new approach for repairing damaged nerve fibers in spinal cord injuries using nano-spheres that could be injected into the blood shortly after an accident.

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Regeneration Can Be Achieved After Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

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Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD.

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that regeneration of central nervous system axons can be achieved in rats even when treatment delayed is more than a year after the original spinal cord injury.

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Experimental Approach May Reverse Rheumatoid Arthritis And Osteoporosis

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A newly identified mechanism may keep a well known signaling molecule from eroding bone and inflaming joints — a finding that may yield new treatments for osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers have identified a mechanism that may keep a well known signaling molecule from eroding bone and inflaming joints, according to an early study published online today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Continue reading… “Experimental Approach May Reverse Rheumatoid Arthritis And Osteoporosis”

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