Researchers have found a way to boost damaged spinal cord nerves – in some cases permanently.
A very precise kind of electrical stimulation has allowed three people with spinal cord injury to walk again.
Research published today shows that walking again is possible for individuals with spinal cord injury. After electrical stimulation, three people with lower leg paralysis could walk to some extent.
Scientists hope that stem cells may be able to repair nerves and other cells that support transmission of electrical impulses in the spinal cord.
Claims that stem cell treatments can repair spinal injuries right now are overblown. But it's not for lack of trying, and the science is certainly progressing.
Injecting stem cells to repair damaged tissue isn’t a new concept, but this method appears safer than others.
We have developed a new stem cell technique capable of regenerating any human tissue damaged by injury, disease or ageing.
Don’t think the surgery worked.
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Science fiction can't become science fact if neuroscientists are to carry out some daring surgery.
It’s still early days for cell therapy.
You might have heard about Darek Fidyka, the paralysed man from Poland who recently walked again after an experimental cell transplant. It made headlines around the world and raised the hopes of many people…
Was McKinnon’s spinal injury a freak accident?
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After Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon’s neck was broken in a lifting tackle in March, some commentators and parents have questioned whether rugby is just too dangerous for children, amateurs – and even…
Regenerating the nerves that can return function to our spinal cords.
Spinal cord injuries are currently irreparable. When nerve fibres in the central nervous system are damaged there is, as yet, no way of reversing this. But research we’ve been doing has led to the discovery…
Family support is critical to Australians with spinal cord injuries if they are to participate fully in our society. Researchers…
Making the most of old connections.
Researchers have been able to restore mobility in paralysed rats using a technique called deep brain stimulation. This involved…
Australian scientists have discovered improvements in balance and coordination of models with spinal injuries by blocking…