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Articles Tagged: Stem Cells

StemCells Ends Clinical Trial for Spinal Cord Injury due to Financial Constraints

Published: June 1, 2016 | Category: News

stemcellsinc-logoStemCells Inc., a California-based biotech company announced that they will stop developing the potential treatment for spinal cord injury after a failed mid-stage clinical trial. The company stock went down to $3.03 per share at the start of the pre-market trade.  StemCells reported that they still have $5.5 million in cash as of May 31, but they don’t have a liquidating distribution to their stockholders.

The company said that the amount that they can give to the shareholders depends on the liquid assets, any liabilities, and costs of the wind down. Continue Reading »

Experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord shows promise

Published: May 22, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

James Mason after the accidentAn experimental procedure aimed at repairing spinal cord injuries is showing promise. It uses stem cells in the damaged areas in hopes of restoring function and movement.

And for one patient, it is promising.

On April 9, 2013, James Mason was an accident waiting to happen.

“There was nothing we could have done to change that night,” said Bob Gambuti. Continue Reading »

Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury: A Status Report

Published: May 6, 2016 | Category: Information

Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord InjuryNew Hope for Paralyzed Patients?

If you have a spinal cord injury, recent reports on stem cell therapy look like a dream come true. Like wire spliced into a severed cable, stem cells could restore communication between your body and your brain.

After endless numbness, you might once again feel the grass between your toes or the caress of a lover. After an eternity of motionlessness, you might rise from your chair or hoist a glass of wine to your lips. Continue Reading »

Help shape the future of SCI treatment

Published: April 20, 2016 | Category: Information

Pathway-LogoThe path to recovery from spinal cord injury (SCI) is full of challenges.

If you’re interested in taking part in research to evaluate investigational therapies for SCI, you may be interested in a clinical research study called Pathway that is evaluating the potential of neural stem cells to treat cervical spinal cord injury (cSCI).

What is the Pathway study?

The purpose of the Pathway Study is to evaluate the safety and potential benefit of neural stem cell transplantation for people with cSCI. If you are eligible for the study and if you choose to participate, your participation will last approximately 12 months. Continue Reading »

The Use of Cell Transplantation in Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: April 14, 2016 | Category: Information

stem-cells-for-spinal-cord-injuryOverview
The spinal cord is often called as a delicate tissue, which is secured inside very hard vertebrae of spinal column. The spinal cord and brain is seen forming the central nervous system of our body. The spinal cord is basically made up of millions of nerve cells, which carry a number of signals to our brain and out over the other parts of human body. Unfortunately with issues like injuries with accident and with age or other ailments the spinal cord can end up getting injured. There are certain spinal cord injuries, which can be fixed with the help of treatment options like cell transplantation. Now, let us dig in deep into this treatment option in the following paragraphs: Continue Reading »

5 Things to Know About Spinal Cord Injury

Published: April 8, 2016 | Category: Information

Human Spine x-rayA spinal cord injury can be a life-altering event for the person who sustains it as well as for their loved ones. Given the potential for lifelong disability, it is vital that the facts about these kinds of injuries be clearly understood. Here are five key things to know about them: Continue Reading »

Stem cells used to successfully regenerate damage in corticospinal injury

Published: March 28, 2016 | Category: News

robust-corticospinal-regenerationFor first time, researchers show functional benefit in animal model of key motor control system

Writing in the March 28, 2016 issue of Nature Medicine, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, with colleagues in Japan and Wisconsin, report that they have successfully directed stem cell-derived neurons to regenerate lost tissue in damaged corticospinal tracts of rats, resulting in functional benefit. Continue Reading »

Stem Cells vs. Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: March 22, 2016 | Category: News

Richard G FesslerA paralyzing injury to the neck during recreational activities such as horseback riding or playing football usually has permanent, lifelong effects that change a person’s life dramatically. With no options for the repair of spinal cord injuries, many are left with little hope for recovery.

Now researchers at Rush are exploring a new therapy that uses stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries within the first 14 to 30 days of injury. Rush is one of only two centers in the country currently studying this new approach. Continue Reading »

Pathway Study accepting potential Spinal Cord Injury volunteers for trial

Published: March 13, 2016 | Category: News

THE PATHWAY STUDY HAS CLOSED ENROLLMENT AS OF MAY 31 2016!

Pathway StudyResearchers are currently evaluating the potential of stem cell transplantation as a treatment for many neurological disorders, including spinal cord injury (SCI). Stem cells are unique from other cells in the body:

  • Stem cells can self-renew (make copies of themselves)
  • Stem cells can respond to signals within the body and become specialized (this is known as differentiation)

Studying stem cell transplantation for SCI may help us learn if stem cells can help either replace or repair spinal cord cells that were damaged by injury which may in turn improve spinal cord function. Continue Reading »

UPMC’s clinical trial showing promise with spinal cord injuries

Published: February 26, 2016 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Michael-FraserThree years ago, Michael Fraser broke his neck in a diving accident near his Vandergrift home but remembers little about it.

But in April, the man with quadriplegia underwent an experimental neural stem-cell procedure that wasn’t only a life-changing experience but could represent the first interventional treatment for spinal cord injuries.

Mr. Fraser, 24, now can lift himself from his wheelchair into bed without assistance. He breathes more freely and deeply and has greater core strength with better dexterity. Previously he could manage only a half-mile on his arm-powered elliptical but now does two to three miles, he said. Continue Reading »