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Spinal cord injury Veterans can now effectively cough posted Monday, 05 August 2019
VA doctors are among a team of researchers at the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center restoring respiratory muscle function to Veterans and individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). Doctors Anthony DiMarco and Krzysztof Kowalski developed the first method in the world that can activate expiratory muscles (abdominal and lower rib cage muscles), using minimally invasive techniques to produce an effective cough...
Category: Clinical Trials


Scientists develop an 'EpiPen' for brain and spinal cord injuries posted Monday, 22 July 2019
This new research could help individuals recover from one of the most dreaded types of injury. • Brain and spinal cord injuries are notoriously difficult to treat, with many existing methods of treatment provoking undesirable side effects. • Now, new research demonstrated a novel technique using nanoparticles to "program" the body's immune cells such that they don't cause any unintended damage and promote healing. Since they don't involve any pharmaceuticals, the use of nanoparticles circumvents the dangerous side effects of other treatments...
Category: Clinical Trials


Elon Musk says Neuralink plans 2020 human test of brain-computer interface posted Thursday, 18 July 2019
Neuralink, Elon Musk's startup that's trying to directly link brains and computers, has developed a system to feed thousands of electrical probes into a brain and hopes to start testing the technology on humans in in 2020, Chief Executive Elon Musk revealed Tuesday. And it's working already in animal tests. "A monkey has been able to control a computer with his brain," Musk said at a San Francisco livestreaming the presentation on YouTube Tuesday, revealing even more research results than the company's scientists expected...
Category: Clinical Trials


10 key updates in spinal cord injury treatment in 2019 posted Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Here are 10 key updates in spinal cord injury research this year. 1. A federal court ordered that Sunrise, Fla.-based regenerative medicine companies US Stem Cell Clinic and US Stem Cell stop providing stem cell treatments to patients. The U.S. alleged that the defendants advertised "stromal vascular fraction" products as stem-cell based treatments for conditions such as spinal cord injuries without FDA approval...
Category: Clinical Trials


How Two Paralyzed Patients Walked Again Without Surgery posted Monday, 03 June 2019
Just a decade ago, the Walk Again Project was a blue sky, Hail Mary moonshot at total neural rehab for those paralyzed. The project, a collaboration among fearless neuroengineers, has the lofty goal of giving patients with spinal cord injuries their dignity, autonomy, and lives back in full. Perhaps a testament to the team’s successes—beyond wildest imagination—is just how mundane brain-machine interfaces seem these days: mind-controlled robotic arms or legs don’t even raise eyebrows, and microelectrode “Band-Aids,” which are surgically implanted into the brain or spinal cord to replace severed nerves in paralysis, seem old-school...
Category: Clinical Trials


Injectable Peptide Might Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients Walk Again posted Thursday, 16 May 2019
A systemically injectable peptide, which may make it possible to restore lost functions in spinal cord injury patients, is moving toward clinical trials in early 2020.The treatment, which was developed by Jerry Silver, a professor of neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine and advisor for NervGen Pharma, is the culmination of decades of work, and in pre-clinical studies, it has shown robust results in animal models...
Category: Clinical Trials


Head transplant doctors Xiaoping Ren and Sergio Canavero claim spinal cord progress posted Monday, 01 April 2019
An Italian doctor announced Friday that he will soon perform the world’s first human head transplant in China because medical communities in the United States and Europe would not permit the controversial procedure. "The Americans did not understand," Sergio Canavero told a news conference in Vienna...
Category: Clinical Trials


Marquette professor receives $1.9 million grant to study spinal cord regeneration posted Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Marquette University professor Murray Blackmore received a $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project targeting the regeneration of injured nerve cells in spinal cord injuries. Blackmore is an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Health Sciences, according to a news release. The award marks his third NIH grant of more than $1 million in the past six years...
Category: Clinical Trials


Curcumin May Be better Than Drugs At Treating Spinal Cord Injuries posted Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Curcumin/turmeric would appear to be an allstar compound found in food, now it seems as if it is pulling another trick out of its sleeve. Its power to reduce inflammation, fight cancer, and battle depression are impressive enough, but now curcumin has been suggested to help treat spinal cord injuries better than drugs and surgery. Curcmin’s anti-inflammatory power has been well documented, now a new systematic review of available data on how the compound may impact spinal cord injuries published in Neurology Research International suggests curmcumin may make a difference in those suffering with spinal cord injury.
Category: Clinical Trials


Study Is First to Indicate Impact of Donor Age on Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Cord Injuries posted Wednesday, 27 March 2019
The potential for stem cells to reduce damage, regenerate tissue and promote functional recovery after a spinal cord injury (SCI) is being tested in several ongoing clinical trials. However, a new study released today in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM) indicates that donor age-dependent stem cell therapy could help optimize cell treatment strategies for clinical translation...
Category: Clinical Trials

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