Posts Tagged ‘olfactory cells’
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.
Posted on November 21st, 2008
People paralyzed by spinal cord injuries could soon be “repaired” using cells from their own noses, say Otago University researchers.
The Health Ministry’s ethics committee has just approved an application by the Spinal Cord Society to open the way for a clinical trial involving 12 patients, which could start next year.
Posted on July 24th, 2006
A team of researchers from Hospital de Egas, Lisbon, Portugal and Wayne State University Medical School in Michigan, USA, have shown that stem cells taken from the olfactory mucosa can be used successfully to treat spinal cord injuries, even years after the injury occurred.
Posted on April 10th, 2006
Jacki Rabon was riding with some friends in the back of an SUV in August 2003 when she was thrown out of the vehicle as it veered off the road. She skidded a few feet and landed near a ditch, and her life was suddenly changed.
“Right away, I knew I couldn’t feel my legs because I couldn’t get up,” Rabon, 18, told Baptist Press. “I went to sit up and then my back hurt too bad to sit up, so I knew something was wrong.”
Posted on December 11th, 2005
When Leo Hallan woke up in a hospital and found out he was paralyzed from his chest down from a motorcycle accident in 1976, he thought his life was over.