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Gut bacteria might hold clues to improving mental health after spinal cord injuries

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Could feces offer hope to survivors of spinal cord injuries? It’s a question University of Alberta physical therapy…
Stroke Drug Boosts Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury in Rats

December 17, 2019

Four months after treating them, Yasuhiro Shiga, MD, PhD, checked on his rats. Walking into the lab, he…
One dose of radiotherapy as effective as five doses for cancer in the spine

December 4, 2019

A single dose of radiotherapy is as “effective” as five doses for end-of-life cancer patients suffering with painful…
A common drug could help restore limb function after spinal cord injury

December 4, 2019

Long-term treatment with gabapentin, a commonly prescribed drug for nerve pain, could help restore upper limb function after…
Micro implants could restore standing and walking

December 3, 2019

When Vivian Mushahwar first applied to grad school, she wrote about her idea to fix paralysis by rewiring the spinal…
Researchers Explore Spinal Discs’ Early Response to Injury and Ways to Improve It

October 28, 2019

Researchers may have found a way to press pause on spinal disc injuries, giving doctors more time to…
Turbo-charging the discovery process

October 7, 2019

Many scientists spend their lives conducting tests on a single gene but, in their quest to develop a…
A Promising Step in Returning Bipedal Mobility

August 22, 2019

Engineers at Caltech have launched a new research initiative aimed at restoring natural and stable locomotion to individuals…
First global open-source database for spinal cord injury research will be a ‘game-changer,’ say experts

August 20, 2019

Experts from the University of Alberta and two universities of California are teaming up to launch the world’s…
An ‘EpiPen’ for spinal cord injuries

July 12, 2019

An injection of nanoparticles can prevent the body’s immune system from overreacting to trauma, potentially preventing some spinal…
Fooling nerve cells into acting normal

May 10, 2019

Nerve cells, or neurons — specifically the “workhorse cells” involved in walking, breathing and chewing — can adjust…
Can a nerve injury trigger ALS?

February 21, 2019

A growing collection of anecdotal stories raises the possibility that nerve injury in an arm or a leg…
Research sheds light on spinal cord injuries

January 23, 2019

Thousands of people worldwide suffer severe spinal cord injuries each year, but little is known about why these…
3D Printed Implants Show Promise for Treating Spinal Cord Injury

January 18, 2019

3D printed implants could one day help restore neural connections and lost motor function in patients with spinal…
3D Printed Implant Promotes Nerve Cell Growth to Treat Spinal Cord Injury

January 15, 2019

For the first time, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Institute of Engineering…
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Researchers restore breathing and partial forelimb function in rats with chronic spinal cord injuries

December 21, 2018

Millions of people worldwide are living with chronic spinal cord injuries, with 250,000 to 500,000 new cases each…
Regrowing damaged nerves hinges on shutting down key genes

December 14, 2018

Neurons in the brain and spinal cord don’t grow back after injury, unlike those in the rest of…
New knowledge on how neurons talk to muscles

October 3, 2018

The ability to move deliberately is essential to the survival of all animal life, and is based on…
A New Spinal Cord Injury Treatment is Getting Patients Back on Their Feet

September 12, 2018

Matt Wetschler was bodysurfing at Ocean Beach in San Francisco when he went for a wave and didn’t…
Study provides an early recipe for rewiring spinal cords

September 7, 2018

For many years, researchers have thought that the scar that forms after a spinal cord injury actively prevents…
UW-based center updates name to highlight role of ‘neurotechnologies’ in healing the brain and spinal cord

September 7, 2018

Building on seven years of research that helps patients with sensory and motor neurological disorders, the Center for…
New 3D-printed device could help treat spinal cord injuries

August 16, 2018

Engineers and medical researchers at the University of Minnesota have teamed up to create a groundbreaking 3D-printed device…
Created Line of Spinal Cord Neural Stem Cells Shows Diverse Promise

August 8, 2018

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that they have successfully created spinal cord…
Reviving Dormant Nerves

July 24, 2018

Most people with spinal cord injury are paralyzed from the injury site down, even when the cord isn’t…
In a Break with Dogma, Myelin Boosts Neuron Growth in Spinal Cord Injuries

May 24, 2018

Recovery after severe spinal cord injury is notoriously fraught, with permanent paralysis often the result. In recent years,…
ALS researchers begin recreating human spinal cords on a chip

May 2, 2018

Aided by advanced stem cell technology and tissue chips, National Institutes of Health-funded researchers used stem cells originally…
Noninvasive spinal stimulation method enables paralyzed people to regain use of hands, study finds

April 26, 2018

Nonsurgical technique allows them to turn doorknobs, open water bottles for the first time in years. The ability…
Recovery from Spinal Cord Injuries Can Be Predicted

March 8, 2018

Injuries to the spinal cord result in tissue loss in the spinal cord and brain. These neurodegenerative changes…
Promising therapeutic approach for spinal cord injuries

March 7, 2018

In many organs, damaged tissue can be repaired by generating new cells of the type that were lost.…
Researchers Use Human Neural Stem Cell Grafts to Repair Spinal Cord Injuries in Monkeys

February 27, 2018

Led by researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, a diverse team of neuroscientists and…
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