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Articles Tagged: Treatments

Boys to Men: Damien’s Journey

Published: November 13, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Boys-to-Men.-Photography-by-Andrew-Campbell-6“I jumped off the back of a boat, my chin hit the water in a weird way, and I dislocated my spine, the C4 and C5. The instant I hit the water my body just stopped working. I was looking face down at the bottom of the lake and I just couldn’t move.“

Dreams of one day surfing in Bali were dashed by a simple accident. An old friend inadvertently untwists this fate and convinces Damien that a mystical Javanese healer can get him walking again. Cameras are documenting his newfound belief and rapid response to the alternative treatment. Another six to 12 months more treatment and Damien might be fulfilling the dream of one day surfing in Bali. Continue Reading »

Drug offers hope for spinal patients

Published: November 7, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Brad Smeele with therapistsTreatment proven in lab to assist recovery and could be part of cure alongside other research, say experts.

Kiwi and Australian researchers have developed a protein-based drug that offers a potential breakthrough treatment for those with severe brain and spinal cord injuries.

University of Auckland researcher Dr Simon O’Carroll said the drug, which could be injected straight into the blood stream or taken as a pill soon after an injury, could reduce damage, scarring and improve recovery. Continue Reading »

Surgeons restore hand, arm movement to quadriplegic patients

Published: October 8, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury:

Nerve-transfer surgeryInnovative technique helps patients with neck injuries

A pioneering surgical technique has restored some hand and arm movement to patients immobilized by spinal cord injuries in the neck, reports a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Like railroad switchmen, the focus is on rerouting passageways; however, instead of trains on a track, the surgeons redirect peripheral nerves in a quadriplegic’s arms and hands by connecting healthy nerves to the injured nerves. Essentially, the new nerve network reintroduces conversation between the brain and the muscles that allows patients, once again, to accomplish tasks that foster independence, such as feeding themselves or writing with a pen. Continue Reading »

Researchers discovers ways to regenerate corticospinal tract axons

Published: July 2, 2015 | Category: News

sagittal section shows regineratinResearchers 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 »

Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of ‘cure’ for paralysis

Published: October 21, 2014 | Category: News

Darek FidykaSufferers 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 »

Common acne drug to be used in international multi-centre spinal cord trial for the newly injured

Published: August 14, 2014 | Category: News

MinocyclineMinocyline 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 »

Spinal Injuries Treated With Hypoxia: What Is This Promising (And Surprising) New Treatment?

Published: November 27, 2013 | Category: Answers

Nazareth CollegeInhaling 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 »

Missoula conference touts evolving perceptions, treatments for spinal cord injuries

Published: 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 »

BIDMC awarded NIH grant to study new treatment for spinal cord injuries

Published: 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 »

Stem cell therapy- the future treatment for spinal cord injury?

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 »