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Engineering a spinal cord repair kit

Feb. 29, 2016 New, multifunctional fibers to help repair nerve damage or deliver treatment for mental, neurological disorders Polina Anikeeva hopes to one day be able to regenerate the spinal cord to restore movement for paralyzed people or possibly bypass the spinal cord altogether with a device that mimics its function. With support from the

Master gene orchestrates regeneration of damaged peripheral nerves​

October 29, 2015 CAVALLI LABORATORY PHOTO To study how peripheral neurons regrow axons — the branches of nerve cells that transmit nerve signals — researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis grow them in a dish, cut them (as shown) and observe how they regrow. The researchers, led by Valeria Cavalli, PhD,

Surgeons restore hand, arm movement to quadriplegic patients

Innovative technique helps patients with neck injuries October 8, 2015 By Kristina Sauerwein  A pioneering surgical technique has restored some hand and arm movement to patients immobilized by spinal cord injuries in the neck, reports a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Like railroad switchmen, the focus is on rerouting

Asterias’s Stem Cell Therapy Shows Promise

By Vidya L Nathan September 01, 2015 (Reuters) - Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc said initial data from a small study showed that its lead stem cell therapy could improve mobility in patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury. The therapy, AST OPC-1, is the first product derived from human embryos to be tested on humans. Its success is

Completely Paralyzed Man Voluntarily Moves His Legs, Scientists Report

Robotic step training and noninvasive spinal stimulation enable patient to take thousands of steps Stuart Wolpert | September 01, 2015 Courtesy of Mark Pollock Mark Pollock and trainer Simon O’Donnell A39-year-old man who had been completely paralyzed for four years was able to voluntarily control his leg muscles and take thousands of steps in a “robotic

Scientists Say Fetal Tissue Essential for Medical Research

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:00am Collin Binkley and Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press In this Aug. 10, 2015, photo, Dr. Akhilesh Pandey, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, poses alongside a mass spectrometer in his laboratory in Baltimore. Pandey's research analyzes both adult and fetal tissue, and by identifying which proteins are present, he can get

Paralyzed Men Gain Movement Without Surgery

August 10, 2015 At a Glance A noninvasive treatment helped 5 men with complete muscle paralysis in the lower body voluntarily move their legs in a step-like pattern. The finding suggests that stimulation may help reactivate dormant nerve connections between the brain and spinal cord in some paralyzed patients. The spinal cord is the central

New approach to spinal cord, brain injury research

Posted on: 7/14/2015; Updated on: 7/15/2015 By Steven Powell, 803-777-1923 Deducing details A team led by UofSC's Jeff Twiss is bent on understanding the molecular-level biomachinery in nerve regeneration. They've just published research that offers new insight into how central nervous system injuries might be treated. Many an injury will heal, but the damaged spinal

A New Grasp on Robotic Glove

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:15am- Harvard University The soft robotic glove could help patients suffering from muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, incomplete spinal cord injury, or other hand impairments regain some independence and control of their environment. (Photo: Courtesy of Wyss Institute at Harvard University)Having achieved promising results in proof-of-concept prototyping and experimental testing, a soft robotic

Stem Cell Treatment Speeds Up Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury in Monkeys

DURHAM N.C. May. 27 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A new study appearing today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine designed to test how stem cell injections affect primates with spinal cord injury (SCI) showed the treatments significantly improved the animals' motor function recovery and promoted faster healing too. The researchers call their findings a step forward toward