Spinal Cord Repair As A Marvel Of Medical Research

2010-05-12 | |
Last updated: 2010-05-12

Using Stem Cells To Rebuild Spinal Tissue

Other important related efforts of note, also at the cellular level, involve the use of stem cells to rebuild the spinal cord and repair the coating on nerve cells. Researchers at the University of Texas used genetically altered stem cells that were enhanced to promote nerve growth in order to repair the spinal cord and the conducting sheath of existing nerve cells. As a result of their efforts, they observed a return in the ability of the cells to again conduct nerve signals.

Improving Nerve Reconnection In The Spine

Moving down to the molecular level, one last valuable finding that has been made recently involves research conducted at Charité University in Berlin. There, researchers found that folate, a B vitamin, strongly increased the ability of nerves to reconnect and regenerate in rodents when it was provided as a supplement to the rodents that had spinal cord injury. This finding is important because it indicates an important contributing material to aid healing in such cases.

Conclusions

Though the knowledge is not there yet, when medical science is finally able to restore a damaged or severed spinal cord, it will be a marvel that is based on the acquisition of a considerable body of knowledge. As a result of the effort, we will undoubtedly see beneficial spin-offs that will not attract nearly the same attention but will still be of considerable value. As clichéd as it is, the repair of damaged or severed spinal cord will be seen as an important milestone in the advancement of medicine.

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Related Links

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http://www.sciencecodex.com/barrow_researcher_finds_natural_hydrogel_helps_heal_spinal_cord
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