|Nov 12 2004
||Damaged spinal cord grows
||"University of Melbourne's
Professor Mary Galea and team found that removing the molecule known
as EphA4 resulted in significant regrowth of the spinal nerves.
Mice without EphA4 regained their full stride length within three
weeks of injury and within a month had regained ankle and toe movement."
|Nov 11 2004
||Spinal Cord Nerve Regeneration
Occurs in Absence of Nogo Receptor
||"Mice engineered without
the Nogo-66 Receptor (NgR) grew new nerve fibers after spinal cord
injury, pointing to this receptor as a target for development of a
drug to promote fiber recovery, according to a Yale study published
today in Neuron."
|Oct 27 2004
||Several new techniques show
promise for spinal cord repair
||"Novel methods for
transplanting cells into areas damaged by spinal cord injury and experimental
drug treatments show promise for aiding those suffering from injury
to their spinal cord. "
|Oct 26 2004
||Nerve Navigation Findings
Prompt New Direction for Spinal Cord Research
||"A piece of the puzzle
of how nerves find their way across the midline of the brain and spinal
cord in a developing embryo has been found by Medical College of Georgia
|Oct 11 2004
||Three-Step Paralysis Treatment
Bartlett Bunge is working at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at
the University of Miami. She has helped develop a "triple play,"
combining three treatments believed to help paralysis when used individually."
|Oct 06 2004
||Spinal Cord Repair Trials
||"Human trials of a
technique with the potential to repair spinal cord injuries are set
to start within three years, experts said today. The work, which could
help thousands of disabled people regain movement, will be carried
out at University College London’s new Spinal Repair Unit. The
plans were outlined today as UCL launched a £300 million fundraising
campaign to boost work across the university".Read
|Sept 10 2004
||Spinal cord injury specialist
says 60 percent of his patients are obese
team has begun several new studies to look at how people with spinal
cord injury burn calories, why their energy expenditure is different
and how to deal with the disproportionate rate of obesity among these
|Sept 09 2004
||Extreme Stretch-growth Of
Axons: Pushing Neurons' Physiological Limits Provides Researchers
With New Ways To Repair Nerve Damage.
||"Sometimes it is the
extremes that point the way forward. Researchers at the University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have induced nerve fibers –
or axons – to grow at rates and lengths far exceeding what has
been previously observed. To mimic extreme examples in nature and
learn more about neuronal physiology, they have mechanically stretched
axons at rates of eight millimeters per day, reaching lengths of up
to ten centimeters without breaking."
|July 28 2004
||Scientists Finger Surprise
Culprit in Spinal Cord Injury
||"ATP, the vital energy
source that keeps our body’s cells alive, runs amok at the site
of a spinal cord injury, pouring into the area around the wound and
killing the cells that normally allow us to move, scientists report"
|July 13 2004
||Nerve Cells Successfully
Following Spinal Cord Injury
|"Using a combination
of therapies and cell grafts, a team of University of California,
San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine researchers has promoted significant
regeneration of nerve cells in rats with spinal cord injury."
|July 07 2004
||Mitochondria in spinal cords
is ALS target according to UCSD medical researchers
||"The selective killing
of spinal cord neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also
known as Lou Gehrig's disease, occurs when tiny cellular components
called mitochondria actively recruit a mutant disease-causing protein
into specific neuron cells, according to new research by University
of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine investigators."
|July 01 2004
||Research describes how nerve
growth factor stimulates a sequence of proteins that promote nerve
"Scientists at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered key
steps involved in regulating nerve growth and regeneration that
may have implications for spinal cord research."
|May 23 2004
||Combination therapy dramatically
improves function after spinal cord injury in rats
||"A combination therapy
using transplanted cells plus two experimental drugs significantly
improves function in paralyzed rats, a new study shows. The results
suggest that a similar therapy may be useful in humans with spinal
cord injury. "
|April 28 2004
||Developing a new way to
bypass spinal cord injuries.
||"Researchers are developing
a new way to bypass spinal cord injuries to reconnect nerve communication
to the brain. This ScienCentral report investigates whether the technique
can restore movement in people with paralysis."
|April 22 2004
||New Study Finds Spinal Cord
Stimulation Pays for Itself in 2.5 Years
||"Beyond the documented
relief provided to victims of chronic pain, a new study of spinal
cord stimulation (SCS) suggests these therapies also offer economic
benefits by paying for themselves in less than 2.5 years, according
to a report in the current issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom
|Mar 8 2004
||Reduced scarring helps nerves
grow through spinal injuries
||"Infusing a naturally
occurring anti-scarring agent called decorin into the damaged spinal
cords of rats suppresses key molecules that block nerve regeneration
after spinal cord injury, said Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) researchers
in a study published today in the European Journal of Neuroscience."
|Feb 25 2004
||Antibiotic Provides Promise
In Treatment Of Spinal Cord Injuries
||"Researchers at Brigham
and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Children's Hospital Boston (CHB) have
found that a commonly prescribed antibiotic could be used to help
prevent paralysis and other long-term functional deficits associated
with a partial spinal cord injury (SCI)."
|Feb 21 2004
and restoration of function in Spinal Cord Injury
||" Identical twins studied
to determine impact of SCI on energy expenditure and lean muscle mass
Investigators measured energy expenditure and fat-free mass, as well
as the relationships between these parameters, in persons with spinal
cord injury (SCI)."
|Feb 15 2004
||Neurologists create a font
of human nerve cells
||" Scientists have created
an unlimited supply of a type of nerve cell found in the spinal cord
– a self-renewing cell line that offers a limitless supply of
human nerve cells in the laboratory. Such a supply has long been one
goal of neurologists anxious to replace dead or dying cells with healthy
ones in a host of neurological diseases."
|Jan 24 2004
||When one leg
walks, the other listens
said patients whose spinal cords were severed were nonetheless able
to move their legs with the help of therapists."
|Jan 23 2004
Neurons Using Nanostructures
Ill. --- Scientists at Northwestern University have designed synthetic
molecules that promote neuron growth, a promising development that
could lead to the reversal of paralysis due to spinal cord injury."
|Jan 20 2004
Thyselves - Scientists Reveal Key Part of Nerve Regeneration
study has now uncovered a key process leading to the regeneration
of peripheral nerves. Knowing how neurons in the peripheral nervous
system regenerate could provide insights into fixing neurons in the
central nervous system where damage is irreversible."
|Dec 12 2003
steers nerve growth in spinal cord
team at the University of Chicago has discovered a crucial signaling
pathway that controls the growth of nascent nerves within the spinal
cord, guiding them toward the brain during development. The study,
published in the Dec. 12, 2003, issue of the journal Science, solves
a long-standing scientific mystery. It may also help restore function
to people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries."
|Dec 02 2003
develop implant that could repair spinal cords
at the clinic have coaxed severed spinal nerves in rats to grow by
building a bridge across the gap in the cord and seeding it with special
|Nov 30 3003
offers hope to paralysed
in Switzerland have successfully regenerated nerve fibres in the damaged
spinal cords of monkeys. The result paves the way for human trials
for spinal cord regeneration, which could begin next year."
|Nov 19 2003
||MEPs back research
on stem cells
of the European Parliament have voted to allow EU money to be used
to fund research on embryonic stem cells. They backed the European
Commission proposals to lift the current ban imposed in some EU states
where using human embryos in research is banned."
|Nov 17 2003
say they have successfully restored feeling to patients paralysed
for at least two years. A team from the University of San Paulo in
Brazil said 12 out of 30 spinal cord patients responded to electrical
stimulation of their paralysed limbs. The researchers harvested stem
cells from the patients' blood, and reintroduced them into the artery
supplying the area which was damaged."
|Nov 13 2003
response to spinal cord injury can improve chances for recovery.
who suffer spinal cord injuries may have a greater chance of recovery
if treated with drugs that block the bodys own immune response
to the initial trauma, researchers from the Reeve-Irvine Research
Center at UC Irvine have found."
|Nov 10 2003
speed spinal cord repair.
speeds the recovery of rats with spinal cord injuries, a new study
suggests. Regular runs prompt the release of chemicals that help damaged
nerve cells communicate. The finding adds to evidence that workouts
may hasten rehabilitation in humans with spinal cord injuries."
|Oct 31 2003
Cancer Patients With Spinal-Cord Compressions to Remain Mobile.
with spinal-cord compressions caused by cancer metastasis, radical
direct decompressive surgery plus postoperative radiotherapy is much
more effective than radiation alone, a new study finds."
|July 28 2003
have found a chemical which can influences the direction of nerve
cell growth - and say it could help repair damaged spinal cords. One
of the reasons that severe spinal cord injury causes permanent damage
is that the nerve cells involved do not regrow in the same way as