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…

Human stem cells may provide new scalable source of replacement cells for spinal cord injury

Researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have successfully created spinal cord neural stems (NSCs) from puripotent stem cells (hPSCs) that differentiate into a diverse population of cells capable of dispering throighout the spinal cord and…

Paralyzed mice with spinal cord injury made to walk again

Most people with spinal cord injury are paralyzed from the injury site down, even when the cord isn’t completely severed. Why don’t the spared portions of the spinal cord keep working? Researchers now provide insight into why these nerve pathways…

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,…

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…