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    Spinal cord injuries and the reality of medical 'breakthroughs'

    Spinal cord injuries and the reality of medical 'breakthroughs'


    Raquel Siganporia has grown used to talk of a "cure" for her condition. When she was 11, she was left paralysed after surgery to correct her curved spine went wrong. At the time, her parents were told that a corrective treatment would exist within 20 years.
    That was 21 years ago.
    Every time a medical breakthrough is reported in the news and scientists speak of curing the previously incurable, there are a group of people like Raquel who have to read between the lines to see if this is just another false dawn ? or something of real substance.
    Yesterday, global headlines announced that a paralysed Bulgarian firefighter has been able to walk again after pioneering therapy that involved transplanting regenerative cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.
    The British researcher behind the treatment, Professor Geoffrey Raisman of University College London, says that it represents an "historic change" in the outlook for people disabled by a spinal cord injury.
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    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...s-9809310.html

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    Doctors regrow severed spinal cord with stem cells
    Updated yesterday at 3:35pmTue 21 Oct 2014, 3:35pm
    In a revolutionary medical coup, a man with a completely severed spinal cord, paralysed from the chest down, can now walk again. Scientists from Britain and Poland took cells from a patient's nose, transplanted them into his back, and re-grew his spinal cord. But the doctors say this is just the first step in a long journey.
    Mary Gearin
    Source: AM | Duration: 3min 31sec
    Topics: medical-research, disabilities, doctors-and-medical-professionals, environmental-health, brain-and-nervous-system, united-kingdom, bulgaria, poland
    Transcript
    CHRIS UHLMANN: A few small steps on earth have been hailed as ranking with the moonwalk. A man with a completely severed spinal cord, paralysed from the chest down, can now walk again. It's the stuff of science fiction; an impossible idea has been realised.
    Scientists from Britain and Poland took cells from a patient's nose, transplanted them into his back and re-grew his spinal cord.
    The doctors are delighted but have cautioned against false hopes, saying this is just the first step in a long journey.
    Europe Correspondent Mary Gearin reports from London.
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    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-2...ord-with-stem-

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    I just read this few minutes ago on Google. It's sobering reality of a blog

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    It's refreshing to see the media getting the basic sci facts right. Progress on two fronts!

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    Is this study the first of its kind? Is it the first time a spinal cord injury has been cured?

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