Posts Tagged ‘nerve regeneration’


Nerve Cells Regrown In Rats With Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on July 1st, 2013

Researchers at the Case Western Medical School and the Cleveland Clinic have developed a technique that regenerates nerve cells in rats, permitting them to urinate normally after severe spinal cord injury. The results of their research are published in today’s edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.

According to scientists Yu-Shang Lee and Jerry Silver, their technique raises hope that humans with such injuries may also be able to restore bladder and other functions.

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Stem Cell Treatment Repairs Spinal Cord Injuries In Paralyzed Dogs

Posted on November 25th, 2012

Scientists have used a special cell to regenerate damaged parts of dogs’ spines. Researchers are cautiously excited about these results which could potentially have a future role in the treatment of human patients with similar spinal injuries.

For many years, scientists have been aware that olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC) could be helpful in treating the damaged spinal cord because of their distinctive properties. The unique cells have the capacity to support nerve fiber growth that preserves a pathway between the nose and the brain.

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New Technique May Help Severely Damaged Nerves Regrow and Restore Function

Posted on April 24th, 2012

Engineers at the University of Sheffield have developed a method of assisting nerves damaged by traumatic accidents to repair naturally, which could improve the chances of restoring sensation and movement in injured limbs.

In a collaborative study with Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) published April 23, 2012 in the journal Biofabrication, the team describes a new method for making medical devices called nerve guidance conduits or NGCs.

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Young Aims for Spinal Injury ‘Cure’

Posted on March 7th, 2012

One of the world’s leading researchers into spinal cord injuries says China could hold the key to a cure that he has been searching for since he met late actor Christopher Reeve in the 1990s.

US-based Doctor Wise Young first used the word “cure” in relation to his work after a conversation with Reeve, the Superman hero who became a quadriplegic in an equestrian accident in 1995.

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Cancer Drug May Aid Nerve Regeneration after Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on February 3rd, 2011

The cancer drug Taxol has the potential to assist nerve regeneration following a spinal cord injury, according to researchers.

The study, which has been published on the Sciencemag website, details how the drug can help in the regeneration of damaged cells in the central nervous system following a spinal cord injury.

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