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A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. Most injuries to the spinal cord don't completely sever it. Instead, an injury is more likely to cause fractures and compression of the vertebrae, which then crush and destroy the axons, extensions of nerve cells that carry signals up and down the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body. An injury to the spinal cord can damage a few, many, or almost all of these axons. Some injuries will allow almost complete recovery. Others will result in complete paralysis.
Metagenomic sequencing helps examine differences in the gut microbiome after injury

Metagenomic sequencing helps examine differences in the gut microbiome after injury

Researchers devise a small-molecule cocktail to protect stem cells from stress

Researchers devise a small-molecule cocktail to protect stem cells from stress

Neurod4 gene found to be the key factor in nerve regeneration after spinal cord injury

Neurod4 gene found to be the key factor in nerve regeneration after spinal cord injury

New platform could help treat neurodegenerative diseases using regenerative medicine

New platform could help treat neurodegenerative diseases using regenerative medicine

Innovative gene therapy approach for regeneration of functional new neurons

Innovative gene therapy approach for regeneration of functional new neurons

Dried plum diet prevents bone loss associated with spinal cord injury

Dried plum diet prevents bone loss associated with spinal cord injury

Combining stem cell therapy with educational intervention can help children with autism

Combining stem cell therapy with educational intervention can help children with autism

Re-designed natural enzyme shows promise in promoting the regrowth of nerve tissue injury

Re-designed natural enzyme shows promise in promoting the regrowth of nerve tissue injury

Spinal Cord Injuries: Finding Better Treatments

Spinal Cord Injuries: Finding Better Treatments