Biodistribution analysis shows how MAPCs (gold) home to the spleen, a primary reservoir for inflammatory cells in the body. The MAPCs were intravenously administered approximately 1 day after the spinal cord injury.
Therapeutic stem cells called multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPCs) may be able to lessen the consequences of the immune system’s second wave response after a spinal cord injury, and preserve body function that could otherwise be lost.
A wheelchair user is one-third more likely to die in a car-versus-pedestrian accident than a non-wheelchair user, a recent study suggests.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a robotic leg prosthesis that they hope could recover a user’s balance after a trip or stumble.
A team approach involving specialists from multiple medical disciplines for treating injuries resulting from falls among seniors may help reduce the rate of hospital readmissions, according to a new study.
Researchers suggest that using photo-excited porphyrins could suppress beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. This could suggest new ways to help treat neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Loma Linda University researchers are studying how proton therapy can be used to help relieve chronic pain afflicting US military service members and veterans.
Although rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients could be twice as likely as the average person to develop heart disease, a recent study suggests that deaths from heart disease among RA patients may be declining.
Researchers suggest that transplanted stem cells from human umbilical cords may offer a viable treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.
University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Lara Pilutti suggests in a recent study that conventional methods of testing physical fitness in people with multiple sclerosis may underestimate their cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength. (Photo courtesy of L. Brian Stauffer)
A possible tech fail among devices that gage two important measures for individuals affected by multiple sclerosis seems to miss the mark for physical strength and cardiorespiratory fitness, according to new research.
A study from neuroscientists from the University of Chicago hints at the possibility of someday building prosthetics that re-create a sense of touch via a direct interface with the brain.
What does serotonin have in common with zebrafish? It appears that, according to a new study, this mood-enhancing hormone may be able to help zebrafish recover from a spinal cord injury.
Recent research suggests that a system incorporating a smartphone app may help young adults with spina bifida to improve their daily self-management skills.
Raja Vadivelu, PhD, the study’s lead researcher, is shown at work in the lab at the Eskitis Institute for Drug Discovery. (Photo courtesy of Griffith University.)
By using floating liquid marbles, researchers have been able grow cells in three dimensions, without using a matrix or scaffolds. This could offer a new spinal cord repair strategy, according to a recent study.
A researcher at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) recently designed a robotic finger that he suggests looks and feels like the real thing.
The transparent plastic and black device on the golden "fingertip" is the skin-like sensor developed by Stanford engineers. This sensor can detect pressure and transmit that touch sensation to a nerve cell. The goal is to create artificial skin, studded with many such miniaturized sensors, to give prosthetic appendages some of the sensory capabilities of human skin. (Photo courtesy of Bao Lab)
Researchers may be moving a step closer toward adding a sense of touch to prosthetics with their creation of an artificial skin that they say can detect pressure and send a signal directly to a living brain cell.
One of the patients aided by the nerve-transfer surgical technique is Michael D. Bavlsik, MD, who lost the ability to use his left hand and extend his left elbow due to an accident. The technique reportedly restored his ability to grip pens, medical tools, utensils and other items with his left hand. (Photo courtesy of E. Holland Durando)
A surgical technique has reportedly helped restore hand and arm movement in patients paralyzed as a result of spinal cord injuries in the neck.
One of the activities that study participants wearing a prosthesis were tasked with was turning over a block. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Institute of Technology)
Upper-limb amputees may have more success learning how to use their prostheses if fellow amputees teach them, a new study suggests.
A research team, in a new study, provides new neuroscientific evidence suggesting how a patient’s motivation level affects how well motor function is recovered during rehabilitation from a spinal cord injury.
Researchers suggest in a new study that rats modeled with stroke demonstrated improved neurological and motor functions after being implanted with a certain type of stem cells.
A recent disability outcomes research study suggests that, among spinal cord injury (SCI) patients in New Jersey, residing in communities with greater mixed land use may be associated with poorer health.