Articles Tagged: Treatments
Published: December 13, 2009 | Category: News
Research to begin sooner, track patients for two years.
Like looking at an iceberg, Brandon Sulser’s immobility is only the tip of his challenges from quadriplegia. “Being in the wheelchair, that’s the easiest part,” he says.
Sulser’s severely bruised spinal cord makes it difficult to breathe, because his diaphragm is weaker. It’s easy to overheat because his body doesn’t sweat. Quadriplegics and paraplegics often have lowered heart rates, leaving them prone to dizziness and fainting, struggling to keep up with workouts and at a higher risk for heart attacks. Continue Reading »
Published: December 7, 2009 | Category: News
Aspiring model Vladislava Kravchenko has a very good chance of recovery form her paralysis, according to doctors in Moscow, where she has now begun stem cell treatment.
“It’s great, I’m really happy. They’re helping a lot of people here. I am filled with hope,” Ms Kravchenko said. Continue Reading »
Published: November 16, 2009 | Category: News
Imagine a tragic automobile accident that leaves a young girl a quadriplegic. Imagine a young mother of two who discovers that a disease is ravaging her body and turning her vital organs into stone. Imagine a young baby who is dying from sickle cell anemia.
These are haunting images. They capture our minds and rend our hearts. Yet in each case, there is a remarkably happy ending. Continue Reading »
Published: November 8, 2009 | Category: News
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Injecting tiny polymer spheres into rats right after a spinal cord injury helped the animals recover movement and prevented secondary nerve damage that often follows such injuries, U.S. researchers said on Sunday.
The experimental treatment uses spheres called copolymer micelles that fuse with injured nerve fibers and prevent inflammation from doing more damage to surrounding nerves. Continue Reading »
Published: November 3, 2009 | Category: News
Spinal cord injury patients around the world may draw new hope for the future from the story of a paralyzed little dog who was able to walk again after receiving an experimental spinal cord treatment. Cambridge University scientists pioneered the new treatment that made it possible for Henry the dachshund to walk after he was paralyzed by a severe spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »
Published: November 2, 2009 | Category: News
CHICAGO, Nov 2 (Reuters) – U.S. researchers have engineered an enzyme that can gobble up scar tissue formed after spinal cord injuries, overcoming a key hurdle to getting injured nerves to reconnect and heal.
Spinal cord injuries trigger a cascade of events in the body that block the growth of nerve cells after a spinal cord injury.
“One of the major impediments has been this scar tissue that has formed,” said Ravi Bellamkonda, a biomedical engineering professor at Georgia Institute of Technology Research and at Emory University, whose study appears in Tuesday’s issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Continue Reading »
Published: October 28, 2009 | Category: News
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that regeneration of central nervous system axons can be achieved in rats even when treatment delayed is more than a year after the original spinal cord injury.
“The good news is that when axons have been cut due to spinal cord injury, they can be coaxed to regenerate if a combination of treatments is applied,” said lead author Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD, professor of neurosciences and director of the Center for Neural Repair at UC San Diego, and neurologist at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health System. “The chronically injured axon is not dead.” Continue Reading »
Published: October 22, 2009 | Category: News
New research suggests a tailored approach to physical therapy after a neurological injury such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury could help restore a wider variety of functions.
Clinical physical therapy is a widely used treatment approach to help restore the motor function of patients following neurological injuries. Unfortunately many of the specific treatments used in the clinic only restore function to a specific task, and not to a wide range of everyday activities. This is also true in animal research where stand training only leads to better standing, step training only leads to better stepping, and so forth. Continue Reading »
Published: October 19, 2009 | Category: News
CALIFORNIA STEM CELL COMPANY TO PRESENT FINDINGS OF ADULT STEM CELL SAFETY AND FEASIBILITY STUDY AT ANNUAL SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE CONFERENCE
CHICAGO, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ — DaVinci Biosciences LLC, of Costa Mesa, CA, announced today the presentation of their safety and feasibility study demonstrating the administration of autologous bone marrow derived stem cells for the treatment of acute and chronic spinal cord injury at Neuroscience 2009, Society for Neuroscience’s 39th Annual Meeting, to be held at McCormick Convention Center in Chicago, IL. Rafael Gonzalez, Ph.D., Director of Research and Development for DaVinci Biosciences LLC will present the work during the conference on October 20, 2009 and be available to answer questions regarding the study, following his presentation. “We are excited to share the findings of this study in such a public forum. This study successfully demonstrates not only the safety and feasibility of using autologous adult stem cells for treating spinal cord injuries, but also that the clinical procedure for delivering these cells is safe as well,” said Dr. Gonzalez. Continue Reading »
Published: October 16, 2009 | Category: Answers
Garrett Riggs, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., talks about whether retraining neurons can benefit patients with spinal cord injuries.
Garrett Riggs, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., talks about whether retraining neurons can benefit patients with spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »