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    "Spinal Cord Injury - Pipeline Review, Q3 2011" now available at Fast Market Research



    2011-08-19 06:29:58 - Fast Market Research recommends "Spinal Cord Injury - Pipeline Review, Q3 2011" from Global Markets Direct, now available


    Spinal Cord Injury - Pipeline Review, Q3 2011

    Summary

    Global Markets Direct's, 'Spinal Cord Injury - Pipeline Review, Q3 2011', provides an overview of the Spinal Cord Injury therapeutic pipeline. This report provides information on the therapeutic development for Spinal Cord Injury, complete with latest updates, and special features on late-stage and discontinued projects. It also reviews key players involved in the therapeutic development for Spinal Cord Injury. 'Spinal Cord Injury - Pipeline Review, Q3 2011' is built using data and information sourced from Global Markets Direct's proprietary databases, Company/University websites, SEC filings, investor presentations and featured press releases from company/university sites and industry-specific third party sources, put together by Global Markets Direct's team.

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  2. #132
    New Treatments for Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries.

    Aug 20, 2011
    Dinah JL Novak

    Biomaterials with the aid of nanomedicine and stem cell are the key elements to restore CNS disorders

    In the near future nanogenerators will support nanorobots with the capability to repair DNA and to restructure impaired neurones and their organelles through gene regulation (gene expression specificity) to reactivate their molecular conformation and tasks.



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    Stem Cell Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries: The New Frontier
    by ray on Sunday, August 21st, 2011 | No Comments

    Stem Cell Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries: The New Frontier

    Although the hard bones of the spinal column protect the soft tissues of the spinal cord, vertebrae can still be broken or dislocated in a variety of ways and cause traumatic injury to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries vary in their severity, but almost inevitably lead to various forms of compromised functionality as the spinal cord is in effect the main pathway for information to travel around the human body. Precisely what body functions are impaired by the injury will depend on the area of the spine that has been damaged and the extent to which the spine has been affected. Although serious impacts such as falls and motor vehicle accidents account for many spinal cord injuries, tumors growing close to the column can also damage sensitive nerve tissue and have the same effects.

    For decades scientists have been working to try and find a way to remedy the various ailments that spinal cord injuries can bring, but with limited success. However, in recent years a pioneering new technology has emerged that is helping thousands of people around the world regain part, if not all, of their previously lost mobility. That treatment is the use of stem cells.

    What are Stem Cells and Stem Cell Treatments?

    Stem cells are found in all multi cellular organisms and are characterized by their ability to differentiate into a diverse range of specialized cells when they divide and renew themselves. They are remarkable for their ability to regenerate themselves into almost any other human cell. Their use in the treatment of various diseases and conditions, from Leukemia to Multiple Sclerosis, is now becoming more common. Depending on the condition, stem cells can be transplanted into the patient to help renew and regenerate previously damaged cells, giving patients renewed hope when, before, no reliable treatment existed.

    This principle is now being applied to the treatment of spinal cord injuries using stem cells, and in instances where the patient has not experienced a complete spinal cord injury, i.e. a complete severing of the spinal cord leading to a loss of function below the ‘neurological’ level. There has been great success in helping patients recover greater sensory and physiological ability.

    Spinal Cord Injury: How Stem Cell Treatment Works

    When there is trauma to the spinal cord, myelopathy (damage to the fibres that carry messages to and from the brain) has occurred. These ‘myelinated fibre tracts’ are the focus of stem cell treatment, and are the nerve cells that the treatment helps to regenerate. The procedure usually follows three phases and usually requires no longer than a period of around five weeks in medical care for monitoring:

    Phase one involves the harvesting of stem cells. The cells are extracted from a fetus’s umbilical cord. They are then put through a process whereby they are isolated and purified before they are finally cultured to be suitable for clinical use.

    Phase two is the transplantation of the stem cells. This is done in one of three ways:

    1) Lumbar puncture – a procedure used where stem cells can be injected directly into the spinal column.

    2) Intravenous injection- stem cells are injected into the patient’s vein.

    3) Tissue injection – direct injection into target tissues.

    Phase three involves the monitoring of the patient to make sure there are no adverse side effects. The only side effects reported to date were caused by the lumbar puncture, and not the stem cell treatment itself, with only 15% of patients reporting mild headaches. During the time under medical supervision, patients undergo various physiotherapy activities and other treatments as necessary.

    Stem Cell Research and Treatment in China

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    China is fast becoming a world leader in stem cell research, and is now a major centre for the stem cell treatment of many diseases and conditions. The Chinese government has poured many millions of dollars into research on regenerative medicine, and that investment has really borne fruit in the last few years. As a result of this expanded investment, Chinese contributions to scientific journals on regenerative medicine topics leapt from 37 in year 2000 to 1,116 in 2008, exceeded only by the contributions of experts in the USA, Germany, Japan and the UK.

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  5. #135
    Cholesterol-Lowering Drug May Help to Prevent Surgery-Related Spinal Cord Damage
    Released: 8/23/2011 10:00 AM EDT
    Source: International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)

    Could Statins Help to Reduce Paraplegia Risk after Aortic Surgery?

    Newswise — San Francisco, CA. (August 22, 2011) – The cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin appears to reduce spinal cord injury caused by oxygen deprivation in experimental animals, according to a study in the September issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

    With further research, treatment with statin drugs might provide a new approach to lowering the risk of paraplegia as a complication of surgery involving the aorta, the new research suggests. The experimental study was led by Takeshi Saito, Ph.D., of Nigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Japan.

    Simvastatin Reduces Spinal Cord Damage from Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury
    The researchers used a standard technique to produce spinal cord damage due to oxygen deprivation in laboratory rats. This technique simulates a serious complication that can occur in patients undergoing major surgery involving the aorta, such as surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. In this situation, temporary interruption of blood supply (ischemia/reperfusion injury) can lead to spinal cord injury and paraplegia.

    In the experiments, rats received either simvastatin or an inactive treatment for one week before interruption of blood supply to the spinal cord, plus an additional dose 24 hours after blood flow was restored. Signs of spinal cord damage and paraplegia were compared between the two groups.



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    Cholesterol-Lowering Drug May Help to Prevent Surgery-Related Spinal Cord Damage
    Released: 8/23/2011 10:00 AM EDT
    Source: International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)

    Could Statins Help to Reduce Paraplegia Risk after Aortic Surgery?

    Newswise — San Francisco, CA. (August 22, 2011) – The cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin appears to reduce spinal cord injury caused by oxygen deprivation in experimental animals, according to a study in the September issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

    With further research, treatment with statin drugs might provide a new approach to lowering the risk of paraplegia as a complication of surgery involving the aorta, the new research suggests. The experimental study was led by Takeshi Saito, Ph.D., of Nigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Japan.

    Simvastatin Reduces Spinal Cord Damage from Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury
    The researchers used a standard technique to produce spinal cord damage due to oxygen deprivation in laboratory rats. This technique simulates a serious complication that can occur in patients undergoing major surgery involving the aorta, such as surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. In this situation, temporary interruption of blood supply (ischemia/reperfusion injury) can lead to spinal cord injury and paraplegia.

    In the experiments, rats received either simvastatin or an inactive treatment for one week before interruption of blood supply to the spinal cord, plus an additional dose 24 hours after blood flow was restored. Signs of spinal cord damage and paraplegia were compared between the two groups.



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    Statin drugs can also be very dangerous for compromised cns.

    "Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University found that statin drugs prevent the repair of the myelin sheath. (The American Journal of Pathology). Myelin is like a conductive insulator of the nervous system delivering messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Myelin is composed of more than 80% cholesterol and up to 20% protein. Cholesterol works to maintain the integrity of the myelin sheath".

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    The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

    Rick Hansen to mark 25th anniversary of N.L. start of Man In Motion Tour
    By: The Canadian Press

    23/08/2011 5:06 PM | Comments: 0


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    ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Rick Hansen will return Wednesday to the spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where he turned the first wheel 25 years ago to the day on his Man in Motion Tour.

    Hansen will be joined by Newfoundland Premier Kathy Dunderdale and others at the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site near St. John's to the mark the anniversary of his cross-country journey by wheelchair.

    Hansen completed the 12,000-kilometre trek in nine months and went on to circle the world while raising millions for spinal cord injuries research.

    "It was a huge, impossible dream to circle the globe in a wheelchair — and it began with a single turn of the wheel," Hansen said in a statement of his website www.rickhansenrelay.com.

    Wednesday's anniversary will also mark the start of a relay that will retrace Hansen's original route across Canada.

    About 7,000 people will run, bike, walk or wheel in succession through 600 communities during the relay that will end in Vancouver on May 22, 2012.

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  8. #138
    FDA approves Botox for loss of bladder control
    By Anna Yukhananov and Bill Berkrot | Reuters – 24 minutes ago



    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Drug regulators approved Allergan's Botox for treating a specific kind of overactive bladder on Wednesday, setting the stage for wider use of the popular wrinkle treatment in those with bladder problems.

    The Food and Drug Administration said Botox can be injected into the bladder to treat those who lose bladder control because of damage to the nervous system, through conditions such as multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.

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    Summit 2011 Will Bring Together Health-Care Leaders to Help Accelerate Breakthroughs and Treatments in Spinal Cord Medicine
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    Summit Convenes in Orlando September 16-18


    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renowned leaders and clinicians from spinal cord injury (http://news.yahoo.com/summit-2011-br...208268.htmlSCI) medicine will convene for Paralyzed Veterans of America's Summit 2011, September 16-18, 2011, in Orlando to explore and implement holistic strategies to strengthen the continuum of care for spinal cord injured individuals.

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  10. #140
    Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011

    United Spinal Launches New Beginning Program: Life-Enhancing Resources for People with Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders


    NEW YORK, Aug. 25, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association's membership services division, National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), has launched its New Beginning initiative to provide tools and resources for individuals with new spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), as well as those who have lived with disabilities for many years, to improve their quality of life.

    (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110413/MM82757LOGO)

    Launched in recognition of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month in September, the New Beginning nationwide initiative empowers individuals to overcome the wide-range of challenges that accompany life with SCI/D––from accessing quality healthcare, pursuing employment and education, choosing the proper adaptive equipment and home modifications, to locating peer support groups and living an active lifestyle.

    "The New Beginning program was created to not only address the immediate needs of our members and other people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders, but also those that may surface 10 years down the road," said K. Eric Larson, senior vice president for membership and chapter services at United Spinal Association.

    As part of the program, NSCIA is distributing backpacks to people who are newly injured or newly diagnosed with disorders -- such as multiple sclerosis -- that are leaving hospitals and rehabilitation facilities.

    The backpacks are filled with relevant information and consumer resources on mobility and medical equipment, disability benefits, accessible housing, leisure and travel, healthcare, and much more.



    Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2011/08/25/...#ixzz1W3zjfZ14

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