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.
New printable device could restore sight to blind people

New printable device could restore sight to blind people

Four-part small-molecule cocktail can prevent cellular stress

Four-part small-molecule cocktail can prevent cellular stress

Topical drug regenerates, restores function of erectile nerves damaged by radical prostatectomy

Topical drug regenerates, restores function of erectile nerves damaged by radical prostatectomy

Rice University, Houston Methodist launch collaboration to solve clinical problems with neurorobotics

Rice University, Houston Methodist launch collaboration to solve clinical problems with neurorobotics

Introducing a neuro regenerative gene into mice with spinal cord injury improves motor function

Introducing a neuro regenerative gene into mice with spinal cord injury improves motor function

FDA approves new indication for drug to treat pediatric NDO patients

FDA approves new indication for drug to treat pediatric NDO patients

Researchers use layered double hydroxide to increase neuronal growth in mice with spinal cord injuries

Researchers use layered double hydroxide to increase neuronal growth in mice with spinal cord injuries

Non-invasive scTS improves handgrip strength, motor control in people with complete tetraplegia

Non-invasive scTS improves handgrip strength, motor control in people with complete tetraplegia

Novel form of polymerized estrogen could provide neuroprotection

Novel form of polymerized estrogen could provide neuroprotection

Researchers identify several factors that prevent use of sEMG in clinical neurorehabilitation

Researchers identify several factors that prevent use of sEMG in clinical neurorehabilitation

UofL and Medtronic collaborate to develop epidural stimulation software for spinal cord injury

UofL and Medtronic collaborate to develop epidural stimulation software for spinal cord injury

Injectable scaffolding materials facilitate rapid healing after spinal cord injuries

Injectable scaffolding materials facilitate rapid healing after spinal cord injuries

Researchers reprogram glial cells into new neurons to heal spinal cord injury

Researchers reprogram glial cells into new neurons to heal spinal cord injury

Researchers create new nerve cells, spur recovery after spinal cord injury

Researchers create new nerve cells, spur recovery after spinal cord injury

New platform can help treat neurodegenerative diseases through regenerative medicine

New platform can help treat neurodegenerative diseases through regenerative medicine

Kessler team receives funding to study factors leading to osteoarthritis after knee injury

Kessler team receives funding to study factors leading to osteoarthritis after knee injury

Understanding the dynamics of brain blood flow could hold key for treating neurologic conditions

Understanding the dynamics of brain blood flow could hold key for treating neurologic conditions

Biomedical engineer receives NASA grant to find ways to keep astronauts' bones strong in space

Biomedical engineer receives NASA grant to find ways to keep astronauts' bones strong in space

Study offers a new way to treat children with bow hunter syndrome

Study offers a new way to treat children with bow hunter syndrome

Kessler Foundation scientists receive three grants for spinal cord injury research

Kessler Foundation scientists receive three grants for spinal cord injury research