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Spinal Cord Injury News Articles

October 14, 2014 - Spinal cord injury victims may benefit from stem cell transplantation studies

Two studies recently published in Cell Transplantation reveal that cell transplantation may be an effective treatment for spinal cord injury (SCI), a major cause of disability and paralysis with no current restorative therapies. Using laboratory rats modeled with SCI, researchers in Spain found in laboratory tests on cells harvested from rats – specifically ependymal progenitor… Continue Reading »

October 14, 2014 - Stem cells from human embryos prove safe, improve vision -study

(Reuters) – The longest-running trial of stem cells derived from a human embryo found that the cells caused patients none of the problems scientists feared, such as forming tumors, and reversed partial blindness in about half the eyes receiving transplants, researchers reported on Tuesday. The results, published in The Lancet, could help re-invigorate the controversial… Continue Reading »

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October 13, 2014 - Adventurer Mark Pollock: The Mark of a real man

Adventurer unbowed despite blindness and paralysis, says Suzanne Harrington ON the evening of November 12, in 30 cities, including Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester, runners wearing flashing red armbands will raise money for a condition that currently has no cure. The background to Run In The Dark is the unfinished story of an astonishingly… Continue Reading »

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October 11, 2014 - There’s hope for the paralyzed – thanks to bionic technology

Technologies have long been focused on making it possible for paralyzed people to move again, particularly after the famous ‘Superman’ actor Christopher Reeve died 10 years ago. Although there’s no magic cure for it as of yet, Reeve’s son claims that the efforts made in the past decade would have definitely made him ‘excited’. Brain-computer… Continue Reading »

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October 11, 2014 - ISU clinical trial hopes to aid paralyzed dogs

Veterinarians at Iowa State University are hoping to give 60 dogs a second chance at walking. The university’s clinical trial for paralyzed dogs is testing a new drug that could potentially help more dogs overcome severe spinal cord injuries. The trial is run by Dr. Nick Jeffery and Dr. Hilary Hu with ISU’s Veterinary Medical… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Videos

Spinal cord injuries, C3-C4 lesion

Spinal cord injuries, C3-C4 lesion

A chat with Chris in relation to spinal cord injuries.

Rethinking Spinal Cord Injury

Rethinking Spinal Cord Injury

Ongoing research on spinal cord injuries may change the way we think about the prognosis for patients with paralysis caused by Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs). SCIs are a major public health burden, affecting hundreds of thousands of people living the US—including tens of thousands injured while serving in the military. On June 11, 2014, renowned… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Answers

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How neurons control fine motor behavior of the arm

Motor commands issued by the brain to activate arm muscles take two different routes. As the research group led by Professor Silvia Arber at the Basel University Biozentrum and the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research has now discovered, many neurons in the spinal cord send their instructions not only towards the musculature, but at… Continue Reading »

Will stem cell therapy help cure spinal cord injury?

A systematic survey of the scientific literature shows that stem cell therapy can have a statistically significant impact on animal models of spinal cord injury, and points the way for future studies. Spinal cord injuries are mostly caused by trauma, often incurred in road traffic or sporting incidents, often with devastating and irreversible consequences, and… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Information

Spina Bifida Association 2014

October 5, 2014 - Learn about Spina Bifida

October is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the most common permanently disabling birth defect while celebrating the lives of the more than 166,000 Americans affected. One out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States is born with spina bifida. As the mother of a fun, intelligent, loving… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Lecture

September 26, 2014 - Spinal Cord Lecture

Spinal Cord Lecture by Samuel Hirt. Information about spinal cord anatomy, Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System.

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September 21, 2014 - Bladder Programs After a Spinal Cord Injury

Nerve damage to the bladder is a common side effects of having a spinal cord injury, other injury, surgical procedures, and several disease processes. Having a consistent bladder program reduces accidents, infections, and the risk of autonomic hyperreflexia. Neurogenic Bladder A neurogenic bladder is one that takes voluntarily control of holding or emptying urine away… Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

The term "Spinal Cord Injury" refers to any injury of the neural (pertaining to nerves) elements within the spine..

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SCI can occur from either trauma or disease to the vertebral column or the spinal cord itself. Most spinal cord injuries are the result of trauma to the vertebral column. These injuries can affect the spinal cord's ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body systems that control sensory, motor, and autonomic function below the level of injury.

Depending on the location and severity of the injury, the body can be affected in a myriad of ways. Typically, the nerves above the injury site continue to function as they always have and the nerves below the site do not.

According to a study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis -- approximately 6 million people. That's the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. And that number is nearly 40 percent higher than previous estimates showed.