Stem Cell Therapy Shown to Regrow Tissue After Spinal Damage
Spinal damage is one of the leading causes of paralysis and disability. Currently, there is no complete cure for a damaged or severed spinal cord, but advances in stem cell therapy hold great promise.
A recent study by the researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System took a look at the applications of stem cells to regenerate spinal tissue.
In order to regenerate tissue, the body needs omnipotent stem cells, as they have the ability to regenerate any type of cell. Researchers chose one such type of omnipotent stem cell, a multipotent cell, to help repair corticospinal neurons, the basic structures of the spinal cord.
During the study, published in Nature Medicine, mice with spinal damage received grafts of multipotent neural progenitor cells at the injury site. The injured mice soon regained movement to their forelimbs and imaging scans revealed rebuilt tissue and functional synapses.
This experiment was the first step in a long journey toward using stem cells for human spinal injury treatment. Nevertheless, it is an important step forward in a better understanding of neural stem cells and their unique regenerative abilities for nerve damage and spinal injury.
If Spinal Damage Keeps You From Gainful Activity, You May Be Entitled to Disability Benefits
There are many injuries and conditions that can cause partial or total limb paralysis. If you can no longer work and earn a substantial income due to a paralysis condition, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The Disability Help Group helps disability claimants obtain the benefits to which they are entitled.
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