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Articles Tagged: Treatments

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 »

Latest Breakthroughs and Treatments in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Bring Top Clinicians and Researchers Together in Las Vegas

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 »

Enzyme and graft combo restores lung function after spinal injury

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 »

Paraplegic Man Stands, Steps with Assistance, Moves His Legs Voluntarily

Published: May 24, 2011 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

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 »

Lumbar Body Fusion Changes The Life Of Young Girl

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 »