Stem Cell Treatment For Spinal Cord Injuries

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Stem Cell Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries: The New Frontier
By Nick Rogerson | Submitted On January 25, 2011

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What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

Spinal cord injuries are injuries that occur to any level of the spinal cord. Although the hard bones of the spinal column protect the soft tissues of the spinal cord, vertebrae can still be broken or dislocated in a variety of ways and cause traumatic injury to the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries vary in their severity, but almost inevitably lead to various forms of compromised functionality as the spinal cord is in effect the main pathway for information to travel around the human body. Precisely what body functions are impaired by the injury will depend on the area of the spine that has been damaged and the extent to which the spine has been affected. Although serious impacts such as falls and motor vehicle accidents account for many spinal cord injuries, tumors growing close to the column can also damage sensitive nerve tissue and have the same effects.

For decades scientists have been working to try and find a way to remedy the various ailments that spinal cord injuries can bring, but with…
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