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    Dogs offer hope to paralysed humans
    Report by Kat Hayes
    Sun 18 Nov 2012 08:42
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    A study of pet dogs with severe spinal injuries suffered in accidents has offered new hope for paralysed human patients.


    Scientists restored movement to the dogs' hind legs by bridging breaks in the spinal cord using cells taken from their noses.


    The randomised controlled trial is the first to demonstrate effective spinal cord repair in "real life" injury cases.


    Professor Robin Franklin, one of the study leaders from Cambridge University, said: "Our findings are extremely exciting because they show for the first time that transplanting these types of cell into a severely damaged spinal cord can bring about significant improvement."

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    http://www.itn.co.uk/UK/61826/dogs-o...ralysed-humans

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    Discovery Of A Nerve Cell's Internal Clock Is A Step Forward In Regenerating And Repairing Damaged Nerve Cells


    Main Category: Neurology / Neuroscience
    Article Date: 26 Nov 2012 - 0:00 PST

    A team of IRCM researchers, led by Dr. Frederic Charron, recently uncovered a nerve cell's internal clock, used during embryonic development. The discovery was made in collaboration with Dr. Alyson Fournier's laboratory at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Published in the prestigious scientific journal Neuron, this breakthrough could lead to the development of new tools to repair and regenerate nerve cells following injuries to the central nervous system.

    Researchers in Dr. Charron's laboratory study neurons, which are the nerve cells that make up the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). They want to better understand how neurons navigate through the developing embryo to arrive at their correct destination.

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    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/253151.php

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    November 27, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Spinal Cord Injury Research Continuing

    Spinal cord research has made strides in recent years, good news to the 5.6 million paralyzed people currently living in America and the 12,000 new people hospitalized for spinal cord injury (SCI) every year. However, progress is being made in fits and starts, and new research continues to battle this devastating injury.

    Promising New Research

    Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, offered a variety of potential future solutions to SCI, from reducing pain in the injured patient to actually curing the affliction.

    Jacqueline Bresnahan, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco is an expert in SCI injuries. In a press release at Neuroscience 2012, Dr. Bresnahan wrote: "[f]rom understanding immune cell responses to the healing power of social contact, researchers are finding new ways to treat and rehabilitate [SCI] patients."

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    http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/pres...ch-continuing-

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    Quote Originally Posted by manouli View Post
    November 27, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Spinal Cord Injury Research Continuing

    Spinal cord research has made strides in recent years, good news to the 5.6 million paralyzed people currently living in America and the 12,000 new people hospitalized for spinal cord injury (SCI) every year. However, progress is being made in fits and starts, and new research continues to battle this devastating injury.

    Promising New Research

    Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, offered a variety of potential future solutions to SCI, from reducing pain in the injured patient to actually curing the affliction.

    http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/pres...ch-continuing-
    Thanks Manouli, great posts! Always great reading encouraging articles like these!

    The link for this article apears to be broken, here's another one to show the article:
    http://www.biren.com/Articles/Spinal...ntinuing.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moe View Post
    Thanks Manouli, great posts! Always great reading encouraging articles like these!

    The link for this article apears to be broken, here's another one to show the article:
    http://www.biren.com/Articles/Spinal...ntinuing.shtml

    Keep 'em comming!

    Thank you very much Moe for a better link.

    manouli.

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    BioAxone opens R&D center in Cambridge
    By Don Sieffert

    BioAxone BioSciences Inc., a small biotech that has a drug candidate aimed at helping regenerate spinal cord nerve pathways ready to begin pivotal trials, has opened its research and development headquarters in the Cambridge Innovation Center, and CEO Lisa McKerracher says she plans to hire 12 employees to staff the center by next year.

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    http://www.masshightech.com/stories/...Cambridge.html

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    Hand use improved after spinal cord injury with noninvasive stimulation
    November 29, 2012 in Neuroscience



    By using noninvasive stimulation, researchers were able to temporarily improve the ability of people with spinal cord injuries to use their hands. The findings, reported on November 29th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, hold promise in treating thousands of people in the United States alone who are partially paralyzed due to spinal cord injury.

    "This approach builds on earlier work and highlights the importance of the corticospinal tract—which conducts impulses from the brain's motor cortex to the spinal cord and is a major pathway contributing to voluntary movement—as an important target for intervention after spinal cord injury," said Monica Perez of the University of Pittsburgh.

    The researchers tested the new method in 19 people with chronic cervical spinal cord injury and 14 uninjured people. The treatment was customized to each individual and paired transcranial magnetic stimulation delivered to a specific part of the motor cortex with electrical stimulation to peripheral nerves found in the wrist.

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    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-1...ninvasive.html

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    Zapping body and brain boosts movement in paralysed
    17:20 29 November 2012 by Jessica Hamzelou


    A single session of nerve stimulation has improved the movement of people with spinal cord injuries. Mimicking the passage of nerve signals by stimulating a muscle as well as the brain has boosted recovery and helped people to regain better control of their movements.

    Voluntary movement requires a signal from the brain, which is passed down the spinal cord and then to neurons in muscles. Damage to the spinal cord can interrupt this pathway, resulting in paralysis.

    To improve the control of movement in people with these injuries, Monica Perez and Karen Bunday at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania used electrical and magnetic stimulation to strengthen the connection between two nerves involved in voluntary movement of the index finger

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    http://www.newscientist.com/article/...%7Conline-news

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    Scientists describe the genetic signature of a vital set of neurons
    November 29, 2012 in Neuroscience

    Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have identified two genes involved in establishing the neuronal circuits required for breathing. They report their findings in a study published in the December issue of Nature Neuroscience. The discovery, featured on the journal's cover, could help advance treatments for spinal cord injuries and neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which gradually kill neurons that control the movement of muscles needed to breathe, move, and eat.

    The study identifies a molecular code that distinguishes a group of muscle-controlling nerve cells collectively known as the phrenic motor column (PMC). These cells lie about halfway up the back of the neck, just above the fourth cervical vertebra, and are "probably the most important motor neurons in your body," says Jeremy Dasen, PhD, assistant professor of physiology and neuroscience and a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, who led the three-year study with Polyxeni Philippidou, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow.

    Harming the part of the spinal cord where the PMC resides can instantly shut down breathing. But relatively little is known about what distinguishes PMC neurons from neighboring neurons, and how PMC neurons develop and wire themselves to the diaphragm in the fetus.

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    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-1...l-neurons.html

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    New Progress on Spinal Cord Injury Prognosis and Treatment

    Recent advancements in the treatment of spinal cord injuries have brought new hope to the more than one million SCI sufferers in the U.S.


    November 29, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- New Progress on Spinal Cord Injury Prognosis and Treatment

    Recent advancements in the treatment of spinal cord injuries have brought new hope to the more than one million SCI sufferers in the U.S. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is currently conducting a clinical study on the safety of transplanting Schwann cells, which are found in the human spinal cord, in the hope that it will cure or significantly improve SCIs. In addition, a new method for quickly diagnosing the severity of spinal cord injuries gives hope for better research, less agony for patients and better treatment options soon after the injury occurs.

    New Model for Spinal Cord Injury Prognosis

    The immediate aftermath of a spinal cord injury is the most terrifying for the SCI sufferer and his or her family. Questions regurgitate through the mind: How bad is the damage? Will it prevent the sufferer from ever walking again?

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    http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/pres...ent-317282.php

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