Articles Tagged: Treatments
July 2, 2015 | Category: News
Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have found a way to stimulate the growth of axons, which may spell the dawn of a new beginning on chronic SCI treatments.
Chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a formidable hurdle that prevents a large number of injured axons from crossing the lesion, particularly the corticospinal tract (CST). Patients inflicted with SCI would often suffer a loss of mobility, paralysis, and interferes with activities of daily life dramatically. While physical therapy and rehabilitation would help the patients to cope with the aftermath, axonal regrowth potential of injured neurons was thought to be intractable. Continue Reading »
October 21, 2014 | Category: News
Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Millions of paralysis sufferers are today offered the possibility of a cure for the first time after a new technique pioneered by British doctors allowed a man with a severed spinal cord to recover the ability to walk.
A revolutionary implant of regenerative cells has knitted back together the spinal cord of a wheelchair-bound firefighter paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack, restoring sensation and muscle control to his legs. Continue Reading »
August 14, 2014 | Category: News
Minocyline shows promise for limiting the severity of spinal cord injuries at a fraction of time and cost of other new drug treatments, says Rick Hansen Institute
VANCOUVER – The Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is pleased to announce an international clinical trial to test promising research that suggests minocycline may decrease the severity of acute spinal cord injury (SCI). Continue Reading »
November 27, 2013 | Category: Answers
Inhaling less oxygen, known as hypoxia, boosts the walking abilities of patients with spinal injuries, according to a counterintuitive treatment described today in the journal Neurology.
Scientists from Emory University found that intermittent, but safe, exposure to hypoxia could improve both walking endurance and speed for patients with spinal injuries that have not completely eliminated the capacity to take steps. Continue Reading »
September 30, 2013 | Category: News
A conference last week that brought together doctors, patients and support groups and services is the first step in a movement toward more comprehensive care for people with spinal cord injuries, organizers say.
The Sept. 21 Spinal Cord Injury: Surgery and Rehabilitation event held at Providence St. Patrick Hospital and sponsored by Montana Neuroscience Institute Foundation drew upward of 60 people.
The inaugural event is a sign that the mentality behind treating spinal cord injuries is changing, said Michelle Cole. Continue Reading »
September 3, 2013 | Category: News
Noninvasive therapy combines combines transcranial magnetic stimulation and peripheral nerve stimulation to activate weakened muscles
BOSTON — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate the use of a new noninvasive neurophysiologic intervention for the treatment of patients with spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »
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 »
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 »
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 »
May 24, 2011 | Category: News
| Spinal Cord Injury: C-7
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 »