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Nose cells may heal spine

Published: November 21, 2008 | Category: News

People paralysed by spinal cord injuries could soon be “repaired” using cells from their own noses, say Otago University researchers.

The Health Ministry’s ethics committee has just approved an application by the Spinal Cord Society to open the way for a clinical trial involving 12 patients, which could start next year.

The society’s president, Noela Vallis, said there was no shortage of volunteers ready to take part. Continue Reading »

Nanotechnology for Spinal Cord Injury

Published: November 21, 2008 | Category: News

A cure for spinal injuries that leave people paralyzed, currently incurable, is being developed by Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago. They are looking into using new nanotechnology that could enable them to completely heal cut and severed spinal cords allowing the previously paralyzed to walk again.

Spinal cord injury often leads to permanent paralysis and loss of sensation below the site of the injury due to damaged nerve fibers which can’t regenerate. These nerve fibers (axons) have the capacity to grow but don’t because they are blocked by scar tissue that have developed around the injury. Continue Reading »