Articles Tagged: Treatments
Published: September 25, 2012 | Category: News
European researchers have made significant progress in the attempt to treat spinal cord injuries using stem cell therapy. Although there have been several attempt to cure spinal cord injury patients, the results were not so encouraging.
Now, however, the project “From stem cell technology to functional restoration after spinal cord injury ‘(Rescue) has promising results so far. Continue Reading »
Published: August 27, 2012 | Category: News
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27. 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The best and the brightest minds in spinal cord injury medicine will convene this week for Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Summit 2012 to discuss the latest breakthroughs and treatments in spinal cord injury medicine. Renowned clinicians like Dr. Stephen Waxman and Dr. Jeffrey Kocsis from Yale, will cover topics such as the molecular revolution, technological advances and solutions to key parts of the multiple sclerosis (MS) puzzle. Experts in the field will also discuss how close we are to breakthroughs in this vitally important—yet often overlooked—area of medicine and health care. Continue Reading »
Published: July 15, 2011 | Category: News
Until the last few decades, it was generally thought that damage to the spinal cord was permanent, as the nerves within our vertebrae stubbornly resist regrowing severed connections after injuries. But a number of studies have helped us understand why exactly it is that the nerves refuse to grow, raising the prospect that we could use this knowledge to intervene and help repair damage to the spine. In the latest indication that progress is being made in these efforts, researchers have used a combination of enzyme treatments and grafts to restore breathing activity in rats that had had their spinal connections completely severed. Continue Reading »
Published: May 24, 2011 | Category: News
Regimen of Epidural Spinal Cord Stimulation, Plus Extensive Locomotor Training, A Significant Breakthrough
A team of scientists at the University of Louisville, UCLA and the California Institute of Technology has achieved a significant breakthrough in its initial work with a paralyzed male volunteer at Louisville’s Frazier Rehab Institute. It is the result of 30 years of research to find potential clinical therapies for paralysis. Continue Reading »
Published: April 6, 2011 | Category: News
Dr. Richard A. Kaul, MD of New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation performed a life changing surgery for a 16 year old Long Valley, NJ resident. Amanda Mrasz had been suffering for years from debilitating spinal pain that radiated into her back and legs. She found it difficult to walk or stand up and often the pain was so severe that she was unable to get out of bed. Continue Reading »
Published: February 11, 2011 | Category: News
A UM/Jackson neurosurgeon uses hypothermic treatment on 20-year-old gymnast with a spinal cord injury
MIAMI-DADE — A double flip gone wrong last week sent a 20-year-old Miami state champion gymnast to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Jorge Valdez had attempted the double flip at a gym near The Falls in South Miami-Dade while practicing for tryouts for a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil production. During his routine, he landed squarely on his head.
The resulting spinal cord injury – bilateral dislocation of two vertebrae – led to near-complete motor and sensory failure, doctors said; Valdez had no movement in his legs or hands, and minimal arm movement. Initially, doctors were not sure if he would walk again, let alone return to gymnastics.
On Thursday, Valdez walked out of the hospital, ready to resume practice. Also remarkable, he won’t need rehabilitation, his doctors say. Continue Reading »
Published: December 15, 2010 | Category: News
Eli the donkey provides another example from the animal world of the success of adult stem cells. On May 13, 2010 Eli was attacked by a stablemate twice his size. The trauma led to swelling of his spinal cord, and rapid progression of weakness in his front end and hindquarters. The veterinarians treating Eli also got the opinion of Dr. Mike Kistler of Cortez, Colorado, a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology with more than 25 years of experience in human spinal trauma. Continue Reading »
Published: November 16, 2010 | Category: News
Newswise — The spleen, an organ that helps the body fight infections, might also be a source of the cells that end up doing more harm than good at the site of a spinal cord injury, new research suggests.
Considering the spleen’s role in the after-effects of spinal cord injury could change the way researchers pursue potential treatments for these devastating injuries. Continue Reading »
Published: November 16, 2010 | Category: News
Newswise — If researchers could determine how to send signals to cells responding to a spinal cord injury, they might be able to stop one type of cell from doing additional damage at the injury site and instead, coax it into helping nerve cells grow. Continue Reading »
Published: November 15, 2010 | Category: News
Eli the donkey’s recovery from incomplete quadriplegia could be the most important breakthrough in traumatic spinal-cord injuries and for the stem-cell treatment that restored his mobility—a breakthrough that could impact not only equids but all mammals, including humans.
Quadriplegia is considered incomplete if there is lack of mobility yet some sensory or motor function below the affected area.
On May 13, little Eli was inexplicably savaged by his longtime companion Watson, a jack nearly twice his size. Continue Reading »