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.
Studies examine rates of blindness and vision impairment worldwide

Studies examine rates of blindness and vision impairment worldwide

New drug lures stem cells to damaged tissue, improves treatment efficacy

New drug lures stem cells to damaged tissue, improves treatment efficacy

Individuals with spinal cord injury show improvements in mobility with exoskeleton-assisted walking

Individuals with spinal cord injury show improvements in mobility with exoskeleton-assisted walking

UT research enables intuitive human control of wearable robots to improve mobility of paretic patients

UT research enables intuitive human control of wearable robots to improve mobility of paretic patients

Robotic Trunk Support Trainer helps children with cerebral palsy to sit more stably

Robotic Trunk Support Trainer helps children with cerebral palsy to sit more stably

Antispastic drug candidate could offer new hope for millions of patients suffering from spasticity

Antispastic drug candidate could offer new hope for millions of patients suffering from spasticity

Study challenges current standard for managing blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury

Study challenges current standard for managing blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury

UofSC scientists identify biological triggers that promote quicker nerve regeneration

UofSC scientists identify biological triggers that promote quicker nerve regeneration

Dried plum diet prevents spinal cord injury‐related bone loss

Dried plum diet prevents spinal cord injury‐related bone loss

Blood-based biomarker can overcome limitations of current verbal tests for concussion

Blood-based biomarker can overcome limitations of current verbal tests for concussion

UC Davis leads a consortium to develop new treatments for spinal cord injuries

UC Davis leads a consortium to develop new treatments for spinal cord injuries

New study shows efficacy of carbon nanotube implants to restore motor functions

New study shows efficacy of carbon nanotube implants to restore motor functions

Experts summarize employment outcomes for individuals recovering from spinal cord injury

Experts summarize employment outcomes for individuals recovering from spinal cord injury

Intra-CREATE grants awarded to support research on personalized medicine and cell therapy

Intra-CREATE grants awarded to support research on personalized medicine and cell therapy

Evidence-based approaches improve employment outcomes after spinal cord injury

Evidence-based approaches improve employment outcomes after spinal cord injury

Point-of-care biomarker assay predicts traumatic brain injury in minutes

Point-of-care biomarker assay predicts traumatic brain injury in minutes

Combination of stem cell therapy and educational intervention can help kids with ASD

Combination of stem cell therapy and educational intervention can help kids with ASD

Re-designed natural enzyme could reverse nerve damage caused by stroke, spinal cord injury

Re-designed natural enzyme could reverse nerve damage caused by stroke, spinal cord injury

Doctors with disabilities call for a paradigm shift to make medical education, profession more inclusive

Doctors with disabilities call for a paradigm shift to make medical education, profession more inclusive

Paired associative stimulation promotes walking rehabilitation in paraplegic patient

Paired associative stimulation promotes walking rehabilitation in paraplegic patient