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    Wink U of L researcher reverses spinal cord damage in rats

    U of L researcher reverses spinal cord damage in rats



    By MATTHEW ADKINS
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    news@louisvillecardinal.com

    October 18, 2005



    Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky Michelle Bazeley believes that she will see a cure for spinal cord injuries in her lifetime.

    According to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, about 11,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries each year. People with these injuries have a new reason for hope.

    A new method for treating spinal cord injuries being tested at the University of Louisville has created a stir in the medical community. Dr. Scott Whittemore, the researcher conducting the experiments, warns that they must proceed carefully.

    Whittemore, a U of L researcher and scientific director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, successfully showed that by grafting stem cells onto damaged spinal cords in rats, paralysis can be partially reversed and in some cases corrected.

    “The research seems to offer some real promise,” said Marci Roth, director and CEO for the National Spinal Cord Injury Association.

    Whittemore said that other scientists have shown the experiment to be theoretically possible, but he believes that he is the first to prove it to be possible during clinical studies. He estimates that it took his team seven or eight years to obtain the desired results.

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    Talking

    hey max, what can i say, you are finding the best news. You are teriffic! THE BEST NEWS REPORTER ON CARE CURE. KEEP IT UP! YOUADOING GREAT! XXOO,MANOULI.

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    Please note:


    From the article:

    The stem cells and gene therapy allowed rats to more quickly reproduce myelin, a protective coating around the nervous system that, when damaged, can disrupt signals from the spinal cord to the brain, leading to paralysis.
    Replacing myelin ain't gonna cure very many of us. We need regeneration of axons.
    ~See you at the CareCure-used-to-be-paralyzed Reunion ~

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    Arrow Stem-cell research at U of L 'major step'

    Stem-cell research at U of L 'major step'
    Nerve-repair work offers hope for treating array of disorders
    By Laura Ungar
    lungar@courier-journal.com
    The Courier-Journal


    The video is dramatic.
    A laboratory rat unable to use its right front paw because of a spinal cord injury struggles to walk across a rope, loses its footing and falls.
    Then a rat that had the same injury scurries across the rope without a problem, just weeks after an injection containing adult stem cells from a human nose that were transformed into nerve cells. The rats are part of a line of groundbreaking research at the University of Louisville that could lead to treatments for spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and other nerve disorders.


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    Thanks Max. Unfortunately the rats are walking " as usual", but still three to 10 years off. Same old, same old

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    news to me in 2000

    I thought this was a breakthrough back in 2000? if not, then why was I soo positive and upbeat about restorative therapies 6 years ago? Even saying the word cellular restorative therapy seems like living a lie.

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    ischemia prolonged

    Dr. Young-
    When nerve tissue, specifically gray matter is deprived of adequate bloodflow, or any bloodflow for that matter due to a spinal avm, what is the final result of the tissue? Are nerves severed, destroyed, demyleniated, or just stunned? What would need to be addressed to fix the problem, and finally could it possibly be done succesffuly within 100 years? Many think not

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    i am jealous of those walking rats

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    How does 12 weeks in rat life equate to in humans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff
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    Replacing myelin ain't gonna cure very many of us. We need regeneration of axons.
    what are you talking about jeffro. this is exciting news. they solved a problem previously solved years ago. maybe next they can invent the wheelchair.

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