Mind rehabilitaton may help in recovery after spinal cord injury

A study from Heriot-Watt University has uncovered that the mind plays a pivotal role in rehabilitation after spinal cord injury. The Edinburgh researchers said a change in the way people view their surroundings after injury can make it harder to carry out…

Inflammation discovery opens window to better rehabilitation possibilities

Researchers from the University of Alberta have discovered that creating a mild inflammatory response improved a rat’s ability to relearn how to pick up pellets months after a spinal cord injury. “Time is of the essence,” explained lead researcher Karim…

New drug restores breathing after spinal cord injury

Patients with high-level spinal cord injuries may face the inability to control their breathing. These patients often require artificial ventilation for the rest of their lives. Researchers have recently tested a substance called Hydrogel. The Hydrogel can deliver a neuron-protecting…

Experimental drug restores some bladder function after spinal cord injury

Researchers from Ohio State University have tested a drug that is showing promising results to improve bladder function after a spinal cord injury. After a month-long treatment after spinal cord injury in mice, bladder volume decreased significantly to a level…

Stem cell trial to repair injuried spinal cord produces encouraging results

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that a first-in-human phase I clinical trial in which neural stem cells were transplanted into participants with chronic spinal cord injuries produced measurable improvement in three of four subjects,…

Luna & Soul Active supports spinal cord injury research

  Getting active without compromising on your ethics. That’s the ethos behind new activewear label Luna & Soul Active by Melbourne-based yoga teacher and Mum Raja Soltani. Raja’s passion for fair, sustainable and slow fashion has shaped every part of Luna…

Edging toward a breakthrough-Insurance Adviser May 2018

Between 350 and 400 new cases of spinal cord injury are recorded in Australia each year, costing the economy more than $2 billion– inclusive of ongoing care and rehabilitation. Thanks to the pioneering work of Prof Reggie Edgerton, however, those figures…

Patients with severe paralysis regain use of hands

Non-invasive surgical techniques aimed at stimulating the injured spinal cord are showing astounding results. The technique pioneered by Professor Reggie Edgerton is for the first time enabling people with severe paralysis to regain use of their hands. In the UCLA Edgerton…

Scientists map key brain-to-spinal cord nerve connections for voluntary movement

Researchers have mapped critical brain-to-spinal cord nerve connection that drives voluntary movement of forelimbs. Lead researcher, Yataka Yoshida said, “The map described in this study should allow us to explore which corticospinal-spinal interneuron connections are good targets for repair and…