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Scientists take step forward towards spinal cord regeneration

New research may unlock the secret as to why some vertebrates have the ability to regenerate their spinal cords and some do not. The genes identified may possibly hold the key to one day regenerating human spinal cords.

Hospital infections impact negatively on spinal cord patients

A new study heqaded by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has identified hospital-acquired pneumonia and wound infections negatively affect the clinical long-term outcome after acute traumatic spinal cord injury.

Gut microbes change after spinal cord injury

Further research about the body’s dynamic microbiome has been published, this time in relation to alterations following a spinal cord injury. The findings are important for patient recovery.

Spinal cord injury linked to immune system paralysis

A study has shown spinal cord injuries can also cause a “paralysis” of the immune system. The consequence of this is that patients are left more susceptible to pneumonia and other pathogenic infections.

Spinal cord regenerated

Washington - Scientists based at the University of California, San Diego, have demonstrated that neural progenitor cells grafted into injured rat spinal cords can grow long axons and connect to host neurons.

Op-Ed: How one man's spinal cord injury is still healing 24 years later Special

“I remember hitting the bottom, being face down, and my entire body getting a tingling feeling like when your foot falls asleep. It was then that I knew I broke my neck. I couldn't move, not even to lift my head up.

Experts seek to improve the lives of those living with paralysis Special

Beijing - Canadian and Chinese experts have joined forces to improve the lives of those living with paralysis after spinal cord injury around the world.

Rick Hansen's Canadian relay wheels into Toronto for 25th year Special

Toronto - 25 years ago, Rick Hansen established his Man in Motion tour across the globe in order to raise money for spinal cord injury research. A quarter of a century later, thousands across Canada are celebrating his achievements.

Injury-repairing genes discovered

Biologists at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Oregon identified more than 70 genes active in regenerating injured nerves, a list of genetic leads that will help in developing new nerve damage therapies, the team announced.

Leaps in paralysis recovery: electrodes, stem cells and nanotech

An array of implanted electrodes is helping one paralyzed man step toward recovery, a team of scientists announced. Seeking breakthroughs and treatments for spinal cord injury, researchers also experiment with stem cells, nanotechnology and more.

Non-profit tells Canadians to 'think before you dive'

Toronto - ThinkFirst Canada is warning Canadians to think first when setting out for water-based sports this summer. A ThinkFirst-Tator study showed that 91 percent of diving injuries occur between May and August.

Study Finds Clues For Repairing Nerve Cells

A new study at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University identifies a key mechanism for the normal development of motor nerve cells (motor neurons) - cells that control muscles.

Doctors Try A New Treatment For Injured Bills' Kevin Everett

When Buffalo Bills' tight end Kevin Everett suffered a spinal cord injury in his neck area on September 9 U.S. doctors tried out an experimental body cooling treatment. At least two Canadian doctors are not so sure about the treatment.
 

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