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New Drug for Spinal Damage Shows Promise

Thursday, 04 Dec 2014 03:56 PM

A new drug to treat spinal cord damage shows promise in animal tests, researchers say.

The drug is designed to help establish connections between nerve cells on either side of where the spinal cord is damaged, NBC News reported.
 
The injectable drug was given to 26 rats with spinal cord damage and led 21 of them to regain either some movement in their back legs and/or control of their bladder, according to the study in the journal Nature.

"This recovery is unprecedented," team leader Jerry Silver, a neuroscience professor at Case Western Reserve University, told NBC News reported.

"Our animals are not just walking a little bit better. When they respond, they walk a lot better," he said.

Currently, invasive surgery is the only treatment option for people with spinal damage.

"There are currently no drug therapies available that improve the very limited natural recovery from spinal cord injuries that patients experience," Lyn Jakeman, a program director at the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, told NBC News.

"This is a great step toward identifying a novel agent for helping people recover," Jakeman said. The institute provided funding for the study.

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A new drug to treat spinal cord damage shows promise in animal tests, researchers say. The drug is designed to help establish connections between nerve cells on either side of where the spinal cord is damaged, NBC News reported. The injectable drug was given to 26 rats...
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