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How could fat cells be able to help people with spinal cord injuries?

How could fat cells be able to help people with spinal cord injuries?

Stem cells - Future: Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury. Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs. There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away. ...Read more

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Dr. William Newton
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Spinal Cord Injury (Definition)

Spinal cord injury is a condition in which a person has damage to the nerves in his spinal cord (which is protected inside the spine from the brain to the tailbone). Injuries such as those from car accidents, climbing accidents, or gunshot wounds often cause paralysis (loss of use of legs, abdominal ...Read more


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How might fat cells be able to help people with spinal cord injuries?

How might fat cells be able to help people with spinal cord injuries?

Still researching: There is a possibility that fat cells may be able to stimulate regeneration of damaged nerve cells. This research, however, is still in its infancy, and is not ready for clinical use. Several academic centers are doing basic laboratory research to see if this may be a potential treatment option. ...Read more

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Have stem cells been used to treat spinal cord injuries?

Experimental: Although positive results have occurred in annals treated with stem cells and two humans were recently reported to gain sensation it is still experimental with nothing yet reaching the stage of clinical trials as yet. ...Read more

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What are the possible treatments for spinal cord injury using stem cells?

Stem cells - Future: Fat cells have shown promise as a source of stem cells that may eventually be able to be used to treat many conditions, one of which is spinal cord injury. Stem cells have the potential to transform into specialized cells and tissues of many different organs. There has been much excitement recently in the research world for the future potential but everyday use in medicine is still years away. ...Read more

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What research is currently in progress or has been done involving stem cells on spinal cord injury?

A few studies: Are under way. The first study to test embryonic stem cells in the us has closed after limited implementation..There is a n adult stem cell trial bieng implemented via the miami project. It was aproved by the fda in the last year or so. There are also more trials bieng performed in other countries. The sci professional community reccomends close scrutiny of any project outside of the us. ...Read more

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Do you think stem cells have the potential to cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

Do you think stem cells have the potential to cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

My opinion - no: Connections within the spinal cord are very complex. Injury is often very severe with destruction of structures, infarction, necrosis, etc. Cells send fibers from the brain to the muscles through very complex pathways. A simple stem cell can not replace these connections. Atrophy of muscles will not be helped. Bowel and bladder function may not be helped. ...Read more

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I'm writing an essay on whether stem cells can cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

I'm writing an essay on whether stem cells can cure paralysis (due to spinal cord injury) in the future?

Cure 4 paralysis?: In sept issue cell, a stem cell line called nsi-566 (neuralstem) was successfully used to regenerate transected spinal cords in mice, with over 57% take of grafted cells. Multiple axons were generated which covered 17 spinal segments and formed reciprocal synaptic connectivity in grey matter. Neuralstem has applied for a trial to treat chronic spinal cord injury, and thereafter likely for acute. ...Read more

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Does chronic spinal cord injury usually have many symptoms?

Specturm: Spinal cord injury usually involves varying degrees of weakness, numbness, bowel or bladder problems, or difficulty walking. Depending on the cause, pain could also be a symptom. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have spinal cord injury without pain, or difficulty doing any other work?

Probably not: So you are saying you have no symptoms and are worried about a spinal cord injury? I do not follow this. The answer is unlikely. If there is an old injury nothing would be done unless it causes problems. ...Read more

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Are there any visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury, if you arrive first at an accident scene?

Are there any visual symptoms of a spinal cord injury, if you arrive first at an accident scene?

Not necessarily: It is important if you are first on the scene and there is someone hurt not to move that person. If they have a spinal cord injury or if there is the potential for one, they need to be immobilized by qualified emts. ...Read more

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Could you have spinal cord injury if you do not feel any pain, or do not feel any difficult doing any other work?

Could you have spinal cord injury if you do not feel any pain, or do not feel any difficult doing any other work?

Sounds unlikely: If no weakness, no history of trauma, no infection, no tumor, no numbness or loss of sensation. No pain.No bowel or bladder dysfunction. Seems unlikely.Someone may have a congenital anomaly that has no functional impact. However if any of the above symptoms are positive that screams see a doctor. No signs or symptoms speaks to using your judgement and asking why this question is considered. ...Read more

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Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Depends: Spinal cord injury is very complex and the ability to "fix" the problem depends on many things including how badly the nerves have been injured, the age of the patient, the mechanism of injury, etc. Unfortunately, the overall healing potential of the spinal cord is quite poor and many injuries result in permanent problems. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spinal cord injuries?

ASIA Exam: Spinal cord injuries are graded using a scale called the asia score. This looks at strength, sensation and function of the bowel and bladder. Mri imaging is the best to try to localize a pathologic level of a spinal cord injury. Sep is another type of test than can help find injuries as well. ...Read more

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Why people have spinal cord injuries every year?

Why people have spinal cord injuries every year?

?: I'm unsure about the meaning of your question. Did you mean how many people have spinal cord injuries each year? If so, statistics say 40 per million people per year have traumatic spinal cord injury. If you actually meant why, the answers are extremely varied and complex. Per statistics, mvas account for 47%, falls for 23%, violence for for 14%, sports for 9% and other for 7%. ...Read more

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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc. ...Read more

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What do doctors consider to be a spinal cord injury?

As it says: It is any injury to yuor spinal cord which is centrally located in your spine. It has multiple levels usually related to the vertebral body level. Ask you doctor if you are unsure. ...Read more

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Why do you become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury?

Loss of function : The spinal cord provides a communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body and it helps to modulate those 2 way communications. If injured , this communication can be affected leading to variable presentations including paralysis depending on what level is injured and to what extent. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to recover from spinal cord injuries?

Are there any ways to recover from spinal cord injuries?

Yes: If you mean a complete cure for paralysis, we do not have that yet. However, there can be a great deal of natural recovery depending on the extent of the damage. Also, rehabilitation programs for spinal cord injury can help a great deal in terms of helping the person with spinal cord injury become as independent as possible for their injury. ...Read more

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Are there effects of spinal cord injuries? What are they?

Depends upon level : & if complete or incomplete spinal cord transection injury, or just bruising oe a bleed. Most spinal cord injuries result in loss of normal bladder control & ?Also affect bowel control. Below the neck injuries tend to result in paraplegia, loss to muscle control sensation below level of injury. Cervical injuries can cause quadriplegia, loss of ues of all 4 limbs. V. High cervical need ventilator. ...Read more

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How could you lose weight when you have a spinal cord injury?

How could you lose weight when you have a spinal cord injury?

Fewer calories: The number of calories you need when you cannot exercise is surprisingly small. If you are gaining weight or not losing, you are getting more calories than need.Tricks to getting to healthy weight include avoiding drinking calories (unless of course you are unable to eat solid food safely), avoiding snacking between meals, eating high fiber diet (fiber bulks up in the stomach and reduces appetite. ...Read more

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How will the growth spurt affect a child's spinal cord injury?

See below: This depends on the extent of the original spinal cord injury. There will probably be minimal effect. However, if any symptoms occur be sure to quickly have them evaluated. ...Read more

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How can people with a spinal cord injury control their bowels?

How can people with a spinal cord injury control their bowels?

Some may not: Be able to control their bowels. Depending on the level of injury and whether it is a complete or incomplete injury, a spinal cord patient may or may not be able to control their bowels. Some will get on a strict bowel regimen to help and others may need other interventions. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a severed spinal cord injury?

Terrible injury: As the term implies, the spinal cord is severed ( usually from trauma) resulting in permanent paralysis below the level oc injury. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more