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How nerve fibres enter spinal cord during early development

Research into the way nerve fibres enter the wall of the spinal cord during early development in zebrafish could lead to regenerative therapies for people with injuries to their brachial

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People with osteoporosis should avoid spinal poses in yoga

Yoga postures that flex the spine beyond its limits may raise the risk of compression fractures in people with thinning bones, according to research from Mayo Clinic. The results appear

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Self-assessing back pain by app is just as effective as traditional methods

Patients can assess their own back pain using an app on their phone or tablet as effectively as current paper methods, a study from the University of Warwick has shown.

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Researchers restore breathing, partial forelimb function in rats with spinal cord injuries

A breakthrough study published in Nature Communications has demonstrated, in animal models of chronic injury, that long-term, devastating effects of spinal cord trauma on breathing and limb function may be reversible. The

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Can nanotechnology rewire an injured spinal cord?

According to the World Health Organisation, up to half a million people around the world suffer a spinal cord injury each year. Often caused by road traffic crashes, accidents or violence,

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Protocol reduces opioid use in spinal surgery patients

A novel “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery” (ERAS) protocol developed by Penn Medicine for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery:

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Spinal cord is ‘smarter’ than previously thought

It is well known that the circuits in this part of our nervous system, which travel down the length of our spine, control seemingly simple things like the pain reflex

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Simple, cost-effective treatment following failed back surgery shows promise

Failed back surgery (continued low back and leg pain after surgery) is relatively common. With each reoperation, success, as defined by pain reduction, becomes less likely and most patients do

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A recipe for regenerating nerve fibres across complete spinal cord injury

The adult mammalian body has an incredible ability to heal itself in response to injury. Yet, injuries to the spinal cord lead to devastating conditions, since severed nerve fibres fail

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Innovative wheelchair wins design competition

The Getting Back on Track competition intended to encourage innovation and raise awareness of the day-to-day challenges facing people with spinal cord injuries. Kristen Tapping, 36, second year product design