Hypomyelination with brainstem and spinal cord involvement and leg spasticity (HBSL) is a condition that affects the (central nervous system). In particular, the condition affects nerves in specific regions (called tracts) within the spinal cord and the brainstem, which is the part of the brain that connects to the spinal cord. HBSL is a form […]Continue Reading ...
Thousands of people worldwide suffer severe spinal cord injuries each year, but little is known about why these injuries often continue to deteriorate long after the initial damage occurs. Yi Ren, a professor of biomedical sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine, is making progress in understanding why such significant harm is inflicted […]Continue Reading ...
A 3D printed, two-millimeter implant (slightly larger than the thickness of a penny) used as scaffolding to repair spinal cord injuries in rats. The dots surrounding the H-shaped core are hollow portals through which implanted neural stem cells can extend axons into host tissues. Credit: Jacob Koffler and Wei Zhu, UC San Diego For the […]Continue Reading ...
Millions of people worldwide are living with chronic spinal cord injuries, with 250,000 to 500,000 new cases each year–most from vehicle crashes or falls. The most severe spinal cord injuries completely paralyze their victims and more than half impair a person’s ability to breathe. Now, a breakthrough study published in Nature Communications has demonstrated, in […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 — The science of spinal cord stimulation has been fine-tuned to the point that three previously paralyzed patients can now walk with minimal assistance, Swiss researchers report. They can do so with only the aid of crutches or a walker, thanks to incredibly precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cord combined […]Continue Reading ...
Loyola Medicine has launched a research program to study a new treatment approach for stroke and spinal cord injury patients that involves electrically stimulating nerves. The Kalmanovitz Central Nervous System Repair Research Program is funded by a $500,000 gift from the Kalmanovitz Charitable Foundation. The program is directed by Loyola neurosurgeon Russ Nockels, MD, who […]Continue Reading ...
Two of four participants in a study conducted at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville (UofL) have managed to walk over ground after having suffered traumatic complete spinal cord injury. Participant Kelly Thomas, trainer Katie Vogt. Credit University of Louisville The two participants, who had been paralyzed for years, […]Continue Reading ...
For many years, researchers have thought that the scar that forms after a spinal cord injury actively prevents damaged neurons from regrowing. In a study of rodents, scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health showed they could overcome this barrier and reconnect severed spinal cord nerves by turning back the neurons’ clocks to put […]Continue Reading ...
The ByAxon project is developing a new implant that restores the transmission of electrical signals in an injured central nervous system. According to the World Health Organization, up to half a million people around the world suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Often caused by road traffic crashes, accidents or violence, the loss of […]Continue Reading ...
In the hours and days following a spinal cord injury, the gears that control the body’s internal clocks fall profoundly out of sync, impacting body temperature, hormone fluctuation, immunity and the timing of a host of other bodily processes, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research. The study, funded by the U.S. Department of […]Continue Reading ...
Restoring the ability to walk following spinal cord injury requires neurons in the brain to reestablish communication pathways with neurons in the spinal cord. Mature neurons, however, are unable to regenerate their axons to facilitate this process. Now, in new research, scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) show that […]Continue Reading ...
Scientists have determined a gene signature that is linked to the severity of spinal cord injury in animals and humans, according to a study in the open-access journal eLife. The discovery of key genes that are switched on or off in response to spinal cord injury could inform the development of biomarkers that predict recovery […]Continue Reading ...
Of four research participants living with traumatic, motor complete spinal cord injury, two are able to walk over ground with epidural stimulation following epidural stimulation paired with daily locomotor training. In addition, all four participants achieved independent standing and trunk stability when using the stimulation and maintaining their mental focus. The study was conducted at […]Continue Reading ...
Aug 29 2018 A study led by Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has shed light on the biological mechanisms needed for nerve fibers to regenerate in spinal cord injury. Image Credit: Vshivkova / Shutterstock Using rat and mouse models of spinal cord injury, the researchers identified three components to the regeneration of axons […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 — Many people with spinal cord injuries suffer the loss of bladder control, but a small new study shows that stimulation of the lower spine might help them regain some of that control. The study included five male patients. For four months, they received 15 minutes a week of noninvasive, painless […]Continue Reading ...
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