Spinal Cord Injury News

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A Common Drug Could Help Restore Limb Function After Spinal Cord Injury

In mouse study, nerve pain drug gabapentin promotes regeneration of neural circuits

Motor Axons in a Mouse Model.
In one of the mouse models for this research, one side of the descending spinal pathway is damaged (above right) while the other side (above left) remains intact. In this image, bright streaks on the right show that in mice treated with gabapentin, descending motor axons are able to sprout to send nerve impulses to the denervated part of the spinal cord – a key step in rebuilding the central nervous system after injury.

Long-term treatment with gabapentin, a commonly prescribed drug for nerve pain, could help restore upper limb function after a spinal cord injury, new research in mice suggests.

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Posted in Research for a Cure on December 4th, 2019.
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Tapping into Spinal Cord Intelligence Could Help Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

‘We’re at the edge of merging the human and the machine,’ says U of A researcher

Vivian Mushahwar
Bioengineer Vivian Mushahwar holds a hair-like wire that would be used to stimulate control centers in the spinal cord for standing and walking in spinal cord-injury patients. (Credit: University of Alberta)

An electrical implant along with advances in mapping the spinal cord at the University of Alberta could soon help those with spinal injuries walk again.

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Posted in Research for a Cure, Therapies and Procedures on December 3rd, 2019.

‘Sci-Fi’ Electrode Sleeve Offers New Hope for Millions of Paralysis Patients

Cutting-edge technology is giving new hope to millions of people living with paralysis across the United States. Researchers at The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research have successfully developed a light-weight, wearable electrode sleeve that regulates and triggers finger movement in quadriplegics.

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Posted in Assistive Technology on November 29th, 2019.

Stem Cells Improving Motor, Sensory Function After Spinal Cord Injury

Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network

Stem cells derived from a patient’s own fat offer a step toward improving — not just stabilizing — motor and sensory function of people with spinal cord injuries, according to early research from Mayo Clinic.

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Posted in Research for a Cure, Therapies and Procedures on November 28th, 2019.
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Transforming Thoughts to Movement Offers New Hope for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

A team of researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and the Miller School of Medicine is using a brain-machine interface to help restore function in paralysis patients after spinal cord injury.

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Posted in Clinical Trials and Studies, Research for a Cure on November 5th, 2019.

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