Spinal Cord Injury News and Research

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A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Most injuries to the spinal cord don't completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy the axons, extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.
Selectively deleting stem cell factor promotes recovery after TBI in mice

Selectively deleting stem cell factor promotes recovery after TBI in mice

Stem cell treatment allows paraplegic rats to walk and regain sensory perception

Stem cell treatment allows paraplegic rats to walk and regain sensory perception

New implantable muscle stimulator aims to prevent pressure ulcers, deep tissue injuries

New implantable muscle stimulator aims to prevent pressure ulcers, deep tissue injuries

Study shows hemodynamic and metabolic changes up to 7 days after traumatic spinal cord injury

Study shows hemodynamic and metabolic changes up to 7 days after traumatic spinal cord injury

Phantom body pain can be reduced in paraplegics with help of virtual reality

Phantom body pain can be reduced in paraplegics with help of virtual reality

UBC researcher recommends exercise guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury

UBC researcher recommends exercise guidelines for adults with spinal cord injury

New cell therapy restores movement in people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries

New cell therapy restores movement in people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries

Research finds new therapeutic strategy to prevent infections in spinal cord injury patients

Research finds new therapeutic strategy to prevent infections in spinal cord injury patients

Research deepens understanding of interconnection between nervous and immune system

Research deepens understanding of interconnection between nervous and immune system

Electrical stimulation may help restore function in paralyzed patients

Electrical stimulation may help restore function in paralyzed patients

NSF grant to support development of brain-machine interface to restore walking in people with paraplegia

NSF grant to support development of brain-machine interface to restore walking in people with paraplegia

UCI-led consortium receives $8 million from NSF to develop brain-computer interface

UCI-led consortium receives $8 million from NSF to develop brain-computer interface

New drug treatment linked to higher bladder compliance after spinal cord injury

New drug treatment linked to higher bladder compliance after spinal cord injury

Scientists directly convert skin cells from healthy adults into motor neurons

Scientists directly convert skin cells from healthy adults into motor neurons

Biodegradable nanoparticle injected after spinal cord injury limits damage

Biodegradable nanoparticle injected after spinal cord injury limits damage

ICP monitoring does not improve favorable outcome rate in patients with severe TBI, study shows

ICP monitoring does not improve favorable outcome rate in patients with severe TBI, study shows

Scientists develop new surgical method to reconnect sensory neurons with spinal cord after injury

Scientists develop new surgical method to reconnect sensory neurons with spinal cord after injury

Small-molecule drug improves brain performance in mouse model of Rett syndrome

Small-molecule drug improves brain performance in mouse model of Rett syndrome

Zebrafish study could hold clues to new therapies for people with spinal cord injuries

Zebrafish study could hold clues to new therapies for people with spinal cord injuries

Study provides evidence that cortical targets could enhance motor function after spinal cord injury

Study provides evidence that cortical targets could enhance motor function after spinal cord injury