Gene therapy repairs spinal discs to relieve back pain

It feels like back pain comes for many of us at some point in our lives, and it’s tricky to treat. A new gene therapy, which repairs damaged discs and reduces pain, has shown promise in mouse tests.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Back P… Continue reading Gene therapy repairs spinal discs to relieve back pain

Spinal red-light therapy protects and regenerates damaged nerve cells

Directly applying red-light therapy to a damaged spinal cord protects and regenerates nerve cells, leading to a return of motor and sensory function, according to new research. The treatment could expand the currently limited treatments available to pe… Continue reading Spinal red-light therapy protects and regenerates damaged nerve cells

Drug-loaded nanoparticles may prevent paralysis from spinal cord injury

Researchers have developed drug-loaded nanoparticles that selectively target the cells responsible for causing damaging inflammation following a spinal cord injury. Given to mice soon after an injury, the novel therapy reduced inflammation and improved… Continue reading Drug-loaded nanoparticles may prevent paralysis from spinal cord injury

Landmark study uncovers new set of cells behind back pain

In big news for the millions who suffer from chronic lower back pain, scientists have made a potentially huge breakthrough in understanding its cause at a microscopic level.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Cedars-Sinai, Back Pain, Pain, … Continue reading Landmark study uncovers new set of cells behind back pain

Nanoscale spinal implant helps restore mobility in paralyzed limbs

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have developed a new spinal stimulator that can help restore lower limb function to paralyzed patients. The tiny device can be non-invasively implanted through a syringe.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Spinal… Continue reading Nanoscale spinal implant helps restore mobility in paralyzed limbs

Targeted gene therapy helps completely paralyzed mice walk again

A complete spinal cord injury results, tragically, in total paralysis of all limbs and muscles below the injury site. But now, scientists at EPFL have demonstrated in mice a new gene therapy that can regenerate nerves and restore the ability to walk.Co… Continue reading Targeted gene therapy helps completely paralyzed mice walk again

Spinal cord stimulation restores limb mobility in stroke survivors

A promising trial of spinal electrical stimulation that instantly boosts movement and dexterity in the arms and hands of stroke survivors has the potential to greatly improve quality of life for those with chronic motor function loss.Continue ReadingCa… Continue reading Spinal cord stimulation restores limb mobility in stroke survivors

Scientists identify neurons that help paralyzed patients walk again

Electrical stimulation of the spine can help paralyzed people walk again, with promising results shown in clinical trials. Now, scientists have identified the specific neurons being stimulated, and found that patients can still walk even after the elec… Continue reading Scientists identify neurons that help paralyzed patients walk again

World-first stem cell therapy trial treats spina bifida before birth

In a world-first clinical trial, three babies have been born after receiving stem cell treatment for spina bifida. The treatment involves administering a stem cell patch to the fetus’ spine while still developing in the womb, and early results are prom… Continue reading World-first stem cell therapy trial treats spina bifida before birth

Cancer drug triggers remarkable recovery from spinal cord injury in mice

A drug under investigation as a cancer treatment has shown exciting promise in a rather different branch of medical research, with scientists demonstrating how it can promote nerve repair following spinal injury. The breakthrough shows how the drug act… Continue reading Cancer drug triggers remarkable recovery from spinal cord injury in mice