Sep 21, 2009 11:52 AM by Jamie Smith

New study on rats may help spinal cord injuries

A new study is bringing hope to patients who have suffered a complete spinal cord injury. The research suggests severed nerves don't have to be re-connected in order for limbs to move again.

Experts at UCLA tested rats that had lost all movement in their hind legs by administering medication and applying low levels of electrical current to the spinal cord below the injury point.  With this treatment, they were able to get the rats walking, even running, with little assistance while they were on a treadmill.

They hope this research can someday help human rehabilitation patients.



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