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Spinal cord injury affects the heart
Spinal cord injury affects the heart, that's what research published in Experimental Physiology and carried out by researchers from University of British Columbia, Canada has found. (2017-12-12)

Potential target for restoring ejaculation in men with spinal cord injuries or ejaculatory disorders
New research provides insights on how to restore the ability to ejaculate in men who are not able to do so. (2016-12-05)

Rutgers offers hope in new treatment for spinal cord injuries
Scientists at the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University and Quark Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have developed a chemically synthesized siRNA molecule that allows regeneration of nerve cells. (2011-05-03)

Spinal cord processes information just like areas of the brain
Patrick Stroman's work mapping the function and information processing of the spinal cord could improve treatment for spinal cord injuries. (2011-03-22)

Older patients with spinal cord injury: Surgery less likely than for younger patients
Older patients with traumatic spinal cord injury are less likely than younger patients to receive surgical treatment and experience a significant lag between injury and surgery, according to new research in CMAJ. (2015-07-06)

Health behaviors and management critical for spinal cord injury patients
U-M researcher is the co-editor of a two-part series of Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation focused on recent research studies about health behaviors and health management in individuals with spinal cord injury. (2016-08-11)

'Exciting discovery' could aid frontline spinal injury treatment
Rapid treatment with a new anti-inflammatory could have a major impact on recovery from spinal cord injury, University of Queensland researchers have found. (2015-04-22)

A secret ingredient to help heal spinal cord injuries?
Researchers have identified a protein in zebrafish that facilitates healing of major spinal cord injuries. (2016-11-03)

Ohio State scientists explain how gut microbes change after spinal cord injury
Spinal cord injuries cause dramatic shifts in the types of bacteria normally found in the gut, resulting in dysbiosis, which can cause or contribute to neurologic disease. (2016-10-17)

Sleep and sleepiness 'a huge problem' for people with spinal cord injury
A new study led by a University of Calgary researcher at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) finds that fatigue and sleep may need more attention in order to prevent issues like stroke after spinal cord injury. (2019-11-06)

Intraoperative monitoring of SSEPs is a new measure to avoid iatrogenic spinal cord injury
Intraoperative monitoring of SSEPs is a new measure to avoid iatrogenic spinal cord injury. (2014-01-03)

Evidence for spinal membrane as a source of stem cells may advance spinal cord treatment
Italian and Spanish scientists studying the use of stem cells for treating spinal cord injuries have provided the first evidence to show that meninges, the membrane which envelops the central nervous system, is a potential source of self-renewing stem cells. The research, published in STEM CELLS, develops the understanding of cell activation in central nervous system injuries; advancing research into new treatments for spinal injuries and degenerative brain disorders. (2011-10-28)

U of A discovery offers promising research for spinal-cord injury treatments
University of Alberta researchers have identified one of the body's natural self-repair mechanisms that kick in after spinal cord injury which could lead to the development of more effective treatments. (2010-05-30)

Latent lineage potential in neural stem cells enables spinal cord repair in mice
Spinal stem cells in mice can be reprogrammed to generate protective oligodendrocytes after spinal cord injury, enhancing neural repair, according to a new study. (2020-10-01)

Zebrafish study reveals clues to healing spinal cord injuries
Fresh insights into how zebrafish repair their nerve connections could hold clues to new therapies for people with spinal cord injuries. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have pinpointed key molecules that prompt damaged nerve fibres in the fish to regenerate themselves. (2017-07-25)

Zebrafish study offers insights into nerve cell repair mechanisms
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have discovered that a hormone called serotonin -- better known for its role as a mood booster -- can help zebrafish to recover from a spinal cord injury. The findings could aid research into motor neuron disease and paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. (2015-10-22)

An expert consensus on acute thoracolumbar spine and spinal cord injury in China
An expert consensus on acute thoracolumbar spine and spinal cord injury in China. (2013-12-23)

Spinal cord injury increases risk for mental health disorders
A new study finds adults with traumatic spinal cord injury are at an increased risk of developing mental health disorders and secondary chronic diseases compared to adults without the condition. (2020-04-21)

Recovery from spinal injury
Victims of debilitating spinal cord injuries may in the future have greater chances for recovery of some locomotive functions, thanks to pioneering spinal cord research by Texas A&M University neuroscientist James Grau. (2000-10-01)

New research identifies changes to the brain in patients with spinal cord compression
Spinal degeneration is an unavoidable part of aging. For some, it leads to compression of the spinal cord which can cause problems with dexterity, numbness in the hands, and the ability to walk. New research from The University of Western Ontario looks beyond the spinal cord injury in these patients, and found they also experience changes in the motor cortex of the brain. (2011-12-15)

Findings identify receptors modulating macrophage responses to spinal cord injury
A study by researchers at the University of Kentucky and the Ohio State University sheds light on opportunities to modulate macrophage responses after spinal cord injury, potentially reducing -- or even reversing -- damage and the resulting side effects. (2015-07-10)

News tips from the journal of Neuroscience
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) hold tremendous therapeutic promise, provided they can be harnessed to fulfill specific cellular or tissue functions. This week, Keirstead et al. show that after spinal cord injury in the rat, neuronal loss is compounded by the loss of oligodendrocytes both near and distant from the injury site. (2005-05-10)

Neuroscientific evidence that motivation promotes recovery after spinal cord injury
The research team led by Associate Professor Yukio Nishimura, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Natural Institutes of Natural Sciences, found that the nucleus accumbens, that control motivation in the brain, activates the activity of the motor cortex of the brain, and then promotes recovery of motor function during the early stage of recovery after spinal cord injury. This result is published in Science, Oct. 2, 2015. (2015-10-01)

JSCM publishes revised International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury
The 2011 revision of the International Standards for the Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury was published in the November 2011 Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. An accompanying reference article by Steven Kirshblum, et al. clarifies the modifications to this newest revision. ISNCSCI, developed by the American Spinal Injury Association, are recommended for consistent classification of neurological level and extent of injury to achieve reliable data for clinical care and research studies. (2011-12-29)

Vertex Neurophilin Compound Accelerates Nerve Regeneration In Rodent Models Of Central And Peripheral Nerve Injury
Vertex is developing small molecule compounds that promote nerve growth in central and peripheral nerve injury. Vertex will announce that an orally administered neurophilin compound, VA-10,367, accelerates functional recovery and nerve regeneration in rodent models of spinal cord injury and peripheral nerve injury. (1997-10-28)

Intranasal nerve growth factor repairs injured spinal cord neurons
Nerve growth factor can be delivered to the brain by intranasal administration without risk for treatment of brain diseases. Dr. Luigi Aloe, Cellular Biology and Neurobiology Institute, National Research Council, Italy and his team performed a study to investigate whether, by intranasal administration, the nerve growth factor bypasses the blood-brain barrier and turns over the spinal cord neurons. (2014-07-17)

Seat belt injuries could signal more serious trauma in children
Ill-fitting seatbelts raise the risk of serious injury to children involved in car accidents. And seat belt injuries should alert physicians to look for signs of more serious consequences, particularly spinal cord injury, which is not always immediately apparent. (2007-08-09)

How does electrical stimulation modulate electrophysiological environment after SCI?
How does electrical stimulation modulate electrophysiological environment after SCI? (2013-11-05)

Immune response to spinal cord injury may worsen damage
After spinal cord injury, B lymphocytes collect in the spinal fluid and release high levels of antibodies. This Ohio State University study shows that those antibodies can worsen and extend spinal cord damage. The findings suggest that inhibiting B lymphocytes may improve healing and reduce long-term effects of spinal cord injury. They may also help explain why the central nervous system does not repair itself efficiently and why other impairments often follow spinal cord injury. (2009-09-21)

Spinal cord injuries increasing, especially among older individuals
Traumatic spinal cord injuries are increasing with the population, and incidence is higher in older individuals, according to a Vanderbilt study that was published in the June 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2015-07-09)

US Department of Defense helps move spinal cord injury treatment closer to clinical trials
The United States Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program has announced a grant of more than a million dollars (US) to support research at the Robarts Research Institute at the University of Western Ontario. The spinal cord injury research team led by Gregory Dekaban, is working on a antibody therapy designed to limit the damage caused by inflammation immediately following spinal cord injury. This grant will move the treatment closer to clinical trial. (2010-06-21)

New drug targets for spinal cord injury?
New research, to be published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, has determined that immune cells known as B cells worsen outcome following traumatic spinal cord injury in mice, indicating that therapeutics that remove B cells or the molecules they produce (antibodies) or that inhibit B cell responses might be of benefit to individuals who experience traumatic spinal cord injury. (2009-09-21)

Acrolein as a novel therapeutic target for motor and sensory deficits in spinal cord injury
Acrolein, a highly reactive unsaturated aldehyde, has been shown to play a major role in the secondary injury by contributing significantly to both motor and sensory deficits. (2014-07-31)

University of Guelph study first to identify the cells driving gecko's ability to re-grow its tail
A U of G researcher has discovered the spinal cord of the gecko's tail houses a special type of stem cell known as the radial glia. When the tail detaches, these cells jump into action by proliferating and making different proteins in response to the injury. The result is a brand new spinal cord. This finding has implications for developing a way to treat humans with spinal cord injuries. (2017-11-02)

Spinal cord injury patients face many serious health problems besides paralysis
Spinal cord patients are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease; pneumonia; life-threatening blood clots; bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction; constipation and other gastrointestinal problems; pressure ulcers; and chronic pain, according to a report published in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. (2017-02-15)

Treadmill step training promotes motor function after incomplete spinal cord injury
A large body of evidence shows that spinal circuits are significantly affected by training, and that intrinsic circuits that drive locomotor tasks are located in lumbosacral spinal segments in rats with complete spinal cord transection. (2013-11-04)

IU scientists study link between energy levels, spinal cord injury
A team of researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, have investigated how boosting energy levels within damaged nerve fibers or axons may represent a novel therapeutic direction for axonal regeneration and functional recovery. (2020-03-03)

Immune cells could hold key to therapies for spinal cord injuries
Fresh insights into how zebrafish repair their damaged nerve connections could aid the development of therapies for people with spinal cord injuries. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have found the immune system plays a key role in helping zebrafish nerve cells to regenerate after injury. (2018-11-07)

Researchers discover treatment for spinal cord injury pain
Spinal cord injury patients with moderate to severe nerve pain experienced less pain and in some cases no pain while taking the drug pregabalin, according to a study published in the Nov. 28, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2006-11-27)

Researchers find ways to encourage spinal cord regeneration after injury
Animal research is suggesting new ways to aid recovery after spinal cord injury. New studies demonstrate that diet affects recovery rate and show how to make stem cell therapies safer for spinal injury patients. The findings were presented at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world's largest source of emerging news on brain science and health. (2009-10-20)

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