Spinal Cord Injury News

A collection of posts on news, information and resources for those with spinal cord injuries.


Yale Scientists Repair Injured Spinal Cord Using Patients’ Own Stem Cells

Stem Cells, Cellular Therapy

Intravenous injection of bone marrow derived stem cells (MSCs) in patients with spinal cord injuries led to significant improvement in motor functions, researchers from Yale University and Japan report Feb. 18 in the Journal of Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on February 22nd, 2021.

Designer Cytokine Makes Paralyzed Mice Walk Again

Using gene therapy, a research team has succeeded for the first time in getting mice to walk again after a complete cross-sectional injury. The nerve cells produced the curative protein themselves.

Paralyzed Mice Began to Walk
Two to three weeks after treatment, the previously paralyzed mice began to walk. © Lehrstuhl für Zellphysiologie

To date, paralysis resulting from spinal cord damage has been irreparable. With a new therapeutic approach, scientists from the Department for Cell Physiology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) headed by Professor Dietmar Fischer have succeeded for the first time in getting paralyzed mice to walk again. The keys to this are the protein hyper-interleukin-6, which stimulates nerve cells to regenerate, and the way how it is supplied to the animals. The researchers published their report in the Journal Nature Communications from15 January 2021.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on January 16th, 2021.

New Treatment Allows Some People with Spinal Cord Injury to Regain Hand and Arm Function

Almost 18,000 Americans experience traumatic spinal cord injuries every year. Many of these people are unable to use their hands and arms and can’t do everyday tasks such as eating, grooming or drinking water without help.

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Posted in Research for a Cure, Therapies and Procedures on January 12th, 2021.

Exoskeleton-Assisted Walking Improves Mobility in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

Multi-center U.S. trial shows exoskeleton training is safe, feasible, and effective across wide spectrum of individuals with mobility deficits caused by traumatic spinal cord injury.

Exoskeleton
For this study, two types of exoskeletons were used by participants with spinal cord injury – Ekso GT, shown here, and Rewalk.

East Hanover, NJ. November 12, 2020. Exoskeletal-assisted walking is safe, feasible, and effective in individuals disabled by spinal cord injury, according to the results of a federally funded multi-site randomized clinical trial. The article, “Mobility skills with exoskeletal-assisted walking in persons with SCI: Results from a three-center randomized clinical trial” (doi: 10.3389/frobt.2020.00093), was published August 4, 2020 in Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

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Posted in Assistive Technology on November 15th, 2020.

Scientists Successfully Regrow Optic Nerve Cells

Scientists have successfully regenerated damaged optic nerve cells from mice by stimulating production of a certain protein, providing hope for breakthrough treatments of numerous human eye diseases.

A close-up of a human eye.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on November 6th, 2020.

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