Are stem cell therapies making a comeback?

Amanda Zimmerman, Senior Scientist at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, has written an interesting analysis of a 2017 study published in Nature, which reported the results of delivering stem cells with a modified form of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA)…

Spinal cord injury secondary to “head banging” at punk rock concert

A case report published on Cureus this month has highlighted the potential risks of “head banging”, a common dance form at certain types of music concerts. Hasanga Fernando from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland…
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A common drug could help restore limb function after spinal cord 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, Ohio State News reports. In the study, mice treated with gabapentin regained roughly…
Diagram of Dermatomal Spinal Cord Injury

Patients' own stem cells offer a step toward improving motor, sensory function after spinal cord injury

A clinical trial enrolled 10 adults to treat paralysis from traumatic spinal cord injury, NewsMedical reports. After stem cell injection, the first patient demonstrated improvement in motor and sensory functions, and had no significant adverse effects, according to a case…
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Micro-implant could restore spinal function in patients dealing with paralysis

Research being done at the University of Alberta could pave the way for restoring movement in patients with spinal cord injuries, Global News reports. The research involves extensive mapping of the spinal cord and using a wire thinner than a human hair which…
Neil Sachse

Spinal cord injury assessment and treatment the focus of new Adelaide clinical trial

SAHMRI and the Royal Adelaide Hospital‘s spinal unit have been given the green light for a new clinical trial. The project, spearheaded by Australian football veteran Neil Sachse’s Neil Sachse Foundation and now run by South Australia’s Health and Medical…

Headlands Distilling Co: “Why we give 20 percent of profit to SpinalCure”

Headlands, a Wollongong-based distillery, has been founded with the community positioned as a fifth business partner, such that 20 percent of the profits are donated to charity. That charity is SpinalCure and the profits are assisting with research efforts to…
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US trial to compare transcutaneous and epidural spinal stimulation

A trial at the University of Washington which aims to compare two types of electrical stimulation is recruiting, to see which of these approaches is best for improving leg function in people with incomplete spinal cord injury. The trial will…

Watch the video: SpinalCure founders look back at the journey towards a cure

When SpinalCure was founded 25 years ago, the idea that a cure for spinal cord injury could one day be found was simply inconceivable. Thanks to advances in neuromodulation, cell treatments, inflammation control and technology that can bridge the gap…