Spinal Cord Injury Treatment With Nasal Cells

Spinal Cord Injury Treatment With Nasal Cells

Nasal cells known as olfactory ensheathing cells, or OECs, may be the next big breakthrough in the treatment of spinal cord injury. Global news broke yesterday in the case of Darek Fidyka, a 38-year-old Bulgarian man who was paralyzed from the chest down following a knife attack that severed his spinal cord. Fidyka is now walking with the […]

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Recovery May Give Hope to Stroke Survivors

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Recovery May Give Hope to Stroke Survivors

  Spinal cord injury has long been accepted as a lifetime sentence of paralysis, but a recent treatment breakthrough gives hope to spinal cord injury patients, stroke survivors and other patients with nerve damage. Darek Fidyka’s spinal cord was sliced cleanly in half when he was attacked at knifepoint in 2010. He has been completely […]

Spinal Cord Injury Improved After Gene Therapy

Spinal Cord Injury Improved After Gene Therapy

On April 2, The Journal of Neuroscience published a study on the use of a single administration of a gene-therapy targeting scar tissue at the site of a spinal cord injury in rats. The gene therapy helped nerve cells survive, and improved function of the affected hind limbs over the course of weeks, raising the […]