Posts Tagged ‘myelin’


U of L Researcher Reverses Spinal Cord Damage in Rats

Posted on October 19th, 2005

Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky Michelle Bazeley believes that she will see a cure for spinal cord injuries in her lifetime.

According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, about 11,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries each year. People with these injuries have a new reason for hope.

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Myelin Research Has Promise

Posted on October 7th, 2005

Researchers at Yale Medical School are continuing to make strides in the field of neurological research with their discovery of a potential treatment for spinal cord injury and other debilitating illnesses.

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Mice Walk Again in Stem Cell Study

Posted on September 22nd, 2005

Injections of human stem cells seem to directly repair some of the damage caused by spinal cord injury, according to research that helped partially paralyzed mice walk again.

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Stem Cells Heal Spinal Injuries

Posted on August 1st, 2005

Genetically engineered stem cells can help rats’ severed spinal cords grow back together, according to a study published today.

Rats given the treatment, using stem cells taken from rat embryos, could move their legs again after their spines were severed in the lab, said the researchers’ report in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Nerve-Insulating Substance, Myelin, May Lead to Functional Improvements in Animals with Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on August 1st, 2005

Combining partially differentiated stem cells with gene therapy can promote the growth of new “insulation” around nerve fibers in the damaged spinal cords of rats, a new study shows.

The treatment, which mimics the activity of two nerve growth factors, also improves the animals’ motor function and electrical conduction from the brain to the leg muscles. The finding may eventually lead to new ways of treating spinal cord injury in humans. The study was funded in part by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

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