Spinal cord injury – it's not what you think

To the uninitiated, a spinal cord injury often means simply ‘not being able to walk’. The reality? It’s much worse. Today is World Spinal Cord Injury Day, an important, international day to bring awareness to a condition that many people don’t…

3D-printed nerve stem cells could help repair damaged spinal cord

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have designed a device that could reconnect the damaged spinal cord. A silicone guide, covered in 3D- printed neuronal stem cells, can be implanted into the injury site, where it grows new connections between…

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,…