Category: ‘Therapies and Procedures’


An ‘EpiPen’ for Spinal Cord Injuries

Posted on July 11th, 2019

An injection of nanoparticles can prevent the body’s immune system from overreacting to trauma, potentially preventing some spinal cord injuries from resulting in paralysis.

The approach was demonstrated in mice at the University of Michigan, with the nanoparticles enhancing healing by reprogramming the aggressive immune cells — call it an “EpiPen” for trauma to the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord.

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Nerve Transfer Surgery Restores Hand Function in Adults with Paralysis

Posted on July 5th, 2019

13 young adults with tetraplegia are able to feed themselves, hold a drink, brush their teeth, and write as a result of a novel surgical technique which connects functioning nerves with injured nerves to restore power in paralyzed muscles.

Nerve transfer surgery has enabled 13 young adults with complete paralysis to regain movement and function in their elbows and hands, according to the largest case series of this technique in people with tetraplegia (paralysis of both the upper and lower limbs), published in The Lancet.

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Gene inhibitor, salmon fibrin restore function lost in spinal cord injury

Posted on August 1st, 2014

A therapy combining salmon fibrin injections into the spinal cord and injections of a gene inhibitor into the brain restored voluntary motor function impaired by spinal cord injury, scientists at UC Irvine’s Reeve-Irvine Research Center have found.

In a study on rodents, Gail Lewandowski and Oswald Steward achieved this breakthrough by turning back the developmental clock in a molecular pathway critical to the formation of corticospinal tract nerve connections and providing a scaffold so that neuronal axons at the injury site could grow and link up again.

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Miami Project gets FDA Approval for Clinical Paralysis Trial

Posted on August 4th, 2012

The FDA’s go-ahead makes The Miami Project’s clinical trial to aid against spinal cord injury the only one in the United States.

The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis said Tuesday it has received federal approval to conduct “revolutionary” human trials to transplant a patient’s own Schwann cells, found mainly in the nervous system, to the site of recent spinal cord injuries in the hope that the trials may bring researchers closer to finding a cure for paralysis.

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Doctors Restore Some Hand Function to Quadriplegic Patient

Posted on May 17th, 2012

Location of spinal cord damage allowed surgeons to bypass damaged nerve in arm

For the first time, surgeons have restored partial mobility to the hand of a quadriplegic patient.

The patient had suffered an injury to the lowest bone in his neck, and it was the specific location of the injury that allowed surgeons to avoid operating on the spine itself.

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