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New cell therapy restores movement in people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries

Four of six people with paralyzing spinal cord injuries who were treated with a new cell therapy have recovered two or more motor levels on at least one side, new study results show. This 67 percent recovery rate is more than double the rates of recovery seen in both matched historical controls and published data […]

New functional scoring helps better treatment for SCI during hESC

During the past 2 decades, cell-based therapies for SCI have been researched in several studies. Replacement of damaged neural tissues and re-establishing connections between the central and peripheral nervous system is vital for the treatment strategy for patients with SCI. According to factsheet of WHO, over 5 lakh people are estimated to suffer from SCI […]

Spinal Patients Continue Remarkable Recovery After Stem Cell Injections, Company Says

Patients with spinal injuries have continued to heal long after they’ve received an initial injection of stem cells, according to data released Oct. 2 by the biotech company conducting a clinical trial on the treatment. One year after six patients with severe spinal injuries were dosed with 10 million stem cells, four in the group […]

Faster healing to help acid attack victims

Medical scientists hope they are on the verge of a major breakthrough in the treatment of acid attack victims. Researchers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham have designed an anti-scarring membrane that they believe will have a “huge impact” on the appearance of those who have suffered severe burns. Wounds that do not heal after […]

Electrical stimulation improves paralyzed patients’ function

Nearly 282,000 people in the U.S. live with paralysis following a spinal cord injury (SCI). A review of more than 90 studies found that electrical stimulation may help restore function in those paralyzed after SCI. The article is published in Physiology. SCI can cause paralysis in the arms, legs or both, limiting physiological functions such as […]

Children undergoing CT scans for head injuries at risk for radiation overexposure

Children brought to the ER for head injuries may be at risk right there for another serious issue – overexposure to radiation from CT scans. That’s why the N.J. Council of Children’s Hospitals and the Institute for Quality and Patient Safety at the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) have teamed up to form the Safe […]

The 3-D selfie is here

Computer scientists at the University of Nottingham and Kingston University have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research. They have developed technology capable of producing 3D facial reconstruction from a single 2D image – the 3D selfie. Their new web app allows people to upload a single colour image […]

The power of plastic surgery: Dramatic photographs reveal first-ever facial reconstructions of British soldiers’ horrifically injured during WWI

They found themselves embroiled in a horrific bloodbath as they fought in the trenches during World War I. Now new photographs have emerged that reveal the horrific facial injuries sustained during battle by brave soldiers – and their astonishing transformations following plastic surgery. The incredible black and white images have been released in a new book charting […]

Asterias Announces Two Significant Developments for Spinal Cord Injury Program

67% of Cohort 2 subjects have recovered two or more motor levels on at least one side through 12 months AST-OPC1 receives Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) designation from FDA FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE American:AST), a biotechnology company pioneering the field of regenerative medicine, today announced new […]

Tetraplegic man ascends Snowdon and raises thousands for spinal injury charity

A TETRAPLEGIC Grasmere man has raised thousands of pounds for a spinal injury charity by ascending Snowdon with the help of friends and a specially adapted chair. Will Clark took on the challenge for Back-Up Trust, who helped him after he was paralysed in a cycling accident. His effort, which he called ‘Get Will Up […]