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Thread: Which Will Be Cured by Stem Cells First - Spinal Cord or Brain ?

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    Which Will Be Cured by Stem Cells First - Spinal Cord or Brain ?

    Hi Everyone,

    Which do you think will be cured first with stem cells - the spinal cord or brain ?

    From what I have learned it seems to me that a spinal cord injury would be easier to cure with stem cells because the brain is much more complex than the spinal cord it seems this would be more difficult. Of course there is a larger variety of diseases that effect the brain vs the spinal cord (larges hazard seems to be spinal cord injury resulting in varying degrees of paralysis.)

    What do you all think based on what you know ?

    Looking forwards to your opinions

    -Sog
    Last edited by Sog; 01-07-2016 at 03:39 PM.

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    My answer is not worth much but if you're simply referring to traumatic brain injury, and not various other brain disorders iam still going to say spinal cord injury! And neither will ever be cured only treated and I highly doubt stem cells will be a magic bullet it'll be a combination therapy ...

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    Cured? None of them. Repaired to recover some function? I think spinal cord. Brain is a lot more complex.
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    I agree that the spinal cord would be the easiest to cure. With the brain there are so many variables that you may cure it and never fully realize it has been cured.
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    Yes but neuroprosthetics are possible in my lifetime. They will be able to restore more function and sensation and feel more pr-injury-like than any regenerative stem cell treatment.

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    Agree highly with the last post.
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    Wow - thanks for all your answers.
    I also think the Spinal cord will be easier to fix (and sooner) than the brain.

    When will the puzzle to fixing spinal cord injury be? Maybe 20 years? And why would stem cells alone not be the answer?

    Thanks for all your input!

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