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.
Therapeutic hypothermia is promising strategy to minimize tissue damage

Therapeutic hypothermia is promising strategy to minimize tissue damage

Protein called Shp2 is key to embryonic stem cell differentiation

Protein called Shp2 is key to embryonic stem cell differentiation

Potential pathway for drug intervention

Potential pathway for drug intervention

Multiple route bone marrow stem cell injections show promise to treat spinal cord injury

Multiple route bone marrow stem cell injections show promise to treat spinal cord injury

Advances in stem cell research

Advances in stem cell research

Scientists make electrically active motor neurons from iPS cells

Scientists make electrically active motor neurons from iPS cells

Researchers generate functional neurons from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells

Researchers generate functional neurons from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells

Funding injection for spinal injury research

Funding injection for spinal injury research

Physical therapists test mechanical arm to help patients recover from stroke, traumatic brain injury

Physical therapists test mechanical arm to help patients recover from stroke, traumatic brain injury

Gene provides hope for restoring injured nerves

Gene provides hope for restoring injured nerves

Neuralstem files IND for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis stem cell trial

Neuralstem files IND for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis stem cell trial

Transplanted fat cells restore function after spinal cord injury

Transplanted fat cells restore function after spinal cord injury

Winning by a nose: promising news for spinal cord injury patients

Winning by a nose: promising news for spinal cord injury patients

Neuralstem enters stem cell collaboration for Huntington's disease in Germany

Neuralstem enters stem cell collaboration for Huntington's disease in Germany

Discovery of mechanism that regulates the development of stem cells into neurons

Discovery of mechanism that regulates the development of stem cells into neurons

Silencing growth inhibitors could help recovery from brain injury

Silencing growth inhibitors could help recovery from brain injury

Gene find sheds light on motor neuron diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Gene find sheds light on motor neuron diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Discovery of cells for spinal-cord repair

Discovery of cells for spinal-cord repair

Oral cannabis ineffective in treating acute pain

Oral cannabis ineffective in treating acute pain

FDA approves implantable electronic device that stimulates the diaphragm

FDA approves implantable electronic device that stimulates the diaphragm