Lab boost for spinal injury rehab

Spinal injuries can be very difficult to treat
A chemical used by bacteria to invade other cells may boost the chance of successful rehabilitation from spinal and brain injury, research suggests.

A team from the Centre for Brain Repair in Cambridge treated rats with the enzyme chondroitinase.

They found the treatment increased the length of time that the nervous system was responsive to rehab.

The study raises the possibility of faster and more effective treatments for neurological patients.