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Generating improvement in spinal cord injuries

Source: Medical Xpress

A new therapy to treat spinal cord injuries in people who have lost all motor and sensory function below the injury site shows additional motor function improvement at 6-months and 9-months following treatment with 10 million AST-OPC1. The positive efficacy results from an ongoing research study were announced on Jan. 24 in a conference held by Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., the biotechnology company that manufactures AST-OPC1.

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Location of spinal correction influences risk of proximal junctional kyphosis development

Source: Science Daily

A new study reports that PJK risk following lumbar spinal fusion depends on the level of the spine fused. Specifically, the authors – who include members of the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) from multiple academic centers – found that fusing the lower portion of lumbar spine results in a decreased risk of PJK.

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Spinal cord injury patients face many serious health problems besides paralysis

Source: Newswise

Spinal cord patients also are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease; pneumonia; life-threatening blood clots; bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction; constipation and other gastrointestinal problems; pressure ulcers; and chronic pain, according to a report published in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

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New trial may revolutionise treatment of spinal cord injury patients

Source: Medical Xpress

Queensland researchers are launching a world-first clinical trial aimed at improving recovery from spinal cord injuries. In the study, led by The University of Queensland and The Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital, a new anti-inflammatory drug will be given to participants within hours of spinal trauma in an effort to minimise tissue damage.

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New system to detect spinal deformity

Source: Science Daily

Researchers have developed a symmetry-recognition system for the surface of the human back that can three-dimensionally detect the early stages of idiopathic scoliosis, a type of spinal deformity, without the help of a specialist doctor.

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Tai chi can help relieve chronic neck pain, study shows

Source: Science Daily

Tai Chi, a low-impact mind-body exercise, can be as effective as neck exercises in relieving persistent neck pain, according to results of randomized controlled trial.

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Study links chronic low back pain and illicit drug use in patients in community setting

Source: Healio

Adults with chronic low back pain in the United States were more likely to use marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine and were also more likely to have a current prescription for pain-relieving opioid analgesics than adults without chronic low back pain, according to investigators.

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Surgical repair of phrenic nerve injury improves breathing

Source: Science Daily

In people with breathing difficulties caused by phrenic nerve injury, surgical reconstruction of the nerve can lead to significant improvement in breathing and an increase in regular physical activities, say researchers.

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Many back pain patients get limited relief from opioids and worry about taking them, survey shows

Source: Science Daily

Millions of people take opioids for chronic back pain, but many of them get limited relief while experiencing side effects and worrying about the stigma associated with taking them, suggests research.

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Two biomarkers that contribute to spine osteoarthritis

Source: Science Daily

A research team has discovered a pair of tissue biomarkers that directly contribute to the harmful joint degeneration associated with spine osteoarthritis.

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Potential new target for treatment of spinal muscular atrophy discovered

Source: Medical Xpress

For the first time, scientists found that in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the affected nerve cells that control muscle movement, or motor neurons, have defects in their mitochondria, which generate energy used by the cell. Impaired mitochondrial function and structure in motor neurons were discovered before symptoms occurred, suggesting a role in disease development. These findings, published in Human Molecular Genetics, point to new possibilities for targeted therapy for SMA.

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Clinical trial offers hope to restore limb function in man with complete cervical spinal cord injury

Source: Medical Xpress

Physicians at Rush University Medical Center became the first in Illinois to inject AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells), an experimental treatment, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed man as part of a multicenter clinical trial.

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Scientists locate possible therapy target for spinal muscular atrophy

Source: Medical Xpress

Researchers at Iowa State University have discovered what could lead to a new treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a potentially fatal genetic disorder in young children.

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Mind over matter could reduce back pain anguish

Source: Medical Xpress

The University of Queensland School of Psychology’s Dr Melissa Day is conducting a project that will test that possibility and could even save lives.

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What is Cervical Spondylosis

Source: Medical News Today

Cervical spondylosis is a condition in which there is deterioration of the vertebrae, discs, and ligaments in the neck or cervical spine.

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