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How Can 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good rehabilitation: A good rehabilitation program will focus in maximizing function of people with paralysis. The exact rehabilitation interventions will depend on the level of injury (the part of the spine affected). Many of my patients have spinal injuries and very productive lives. Things are done differently and they are harder to do but independence and fulfillment are possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Improve function: Rehabilitation can help spinal cord injured patients with maximizing their function. Inpatient rehabilitation can educate the patient on bowel and bladder management and functional transfers. The rehabiliation team can also assist families with ongoing care, education, home modification and transfer training. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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