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    Thumbs up There Is Still Hope for Those With Spinal Cord Injury

    http://www.scienceworldreport.com/ar...ord-injury.htm

    A new discovery will give hope for those who are suffering from spinal cord injuries. They have found a way to implant specialized embryonic stem cells into the affected spinal cord to let it develop new spinal cord tissues.



    The researchers from Hokkaido University in Japan along with scientists from other countries may have discovered a way to help those with spinal cord injury. They first implanted specialized embryonic stem cells out on rats with severed spinal cord. Science Daily reported that the stem cells known as neural progenitor cells were extracted from rat embryos and directed to grow as spinal cord tissue.
    The grafts promote extensive regeneration of the dissected nerve fibers which helped the rat improve their ability to move their forelimbs. The research team also used grafts of human neural stem cells with injured rats and had the same results, proving that there is a great chance that this method can work in every species.
    The most important structure for the motor function in humans is known as the corticospinal tract (CST). It is a band of nerve fibers that moves from the brain through the brain stems and into the spinal cord. Injury to the CST can bring about paralysis. According to MedicalXpress, there have been a lot of researches that have shown the progress of using stem cells to rejuvenate other bands of nerve fibers in the spinal cord. However, injuries only cause include small gaps between the nerve in the bands of the bridging tissue. Lesions to nerve fibers in the CST involve larger gaps and no bands of bridging tissue have shown a huge resistant to regeneration.

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    A LINK to the article from the university lab last month.
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    What's great is Japan's stem cell laws have changed recently, to really expedite the process and get it out to patients that need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesMcM View Post
    What's great is Japan's stem cell laws have changed recently, to really expedite the process and get it out to patients that need it.
    I am curious and don't think I am really in the know about this, could you add some specifics , sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesMcM View Post
    What's great is Japan's stem cell laws have changed recently, to really expedite the process and get it out to patients that need it.
    Ken has an affiliation with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Hokkaido University in Japan, but other than that, this is all based in the USA. See the Affiliations and Contributions to the publication at the bottom of the page at this LINK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lunasicc42 View Post
    I am curious and don't think I am really in the know about this, could you add some specifics , sorry
    This probably is not what you're asking, but I'll contribute another thought here. I saw Ken's poster from the SfN 2014 and put it at the blog. He's doing some excellent work in my opinion. Here's a LINK to his poster from a couple years ago. He's getting a fabulous education at a very good SCI lab.

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    The article is from 2014, anything newer regarding his line of work? Surely there must be more progress since then?
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    oh, nevermind , I see now
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    Quote Originally Posted by lunasicc42 View Post
    oh, nevermind , I see now
    Not your fault. I should have made it more clear that I was turning the clock backwards so you could see where he'd been.

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