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    Researchers investigate why immune system is blunted after spinal cord injury

    Researchers investigate why immune system is blunted after spinal cord injury
    Published on March 4, 2011 at 4:28 AM · No Comments

    Mobility is a challenge for spinal cord injured patients. Infection is another. Adam Thrasher, assistant professor of health and human performance (HHP), says infection is the leading cause of death for people living with spinal cord injuries for two years or more. He and HHP colleague Richard Simpson are investigating why the immune system is blunted after a spinal cord injury.

    "People who have sustained such an injury have much higher infection rates than the general population, particularly in the urinary tract, lungs and gastro-intestinal tract," Thrasher said. "They are very susceptible to pneumonia and furthermore, because their immune system is compromised, they have a hard time fighting these infections."

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    "Spinal cord injured patients are unable to activate the adrenal glands that are responsible for epinephrine release, which may be one reason why they have lowered immunity and greater incidences of infection."

    Hmmm. Interesting.

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