Drug shows promise in repairing spinal cord injuries
A drug developed by scientists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Ohio may one day be able to help people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. During a recent study on rats, the drug showed promise in restoring some movement as well as bladder control.
After a spinal cord injury, scar tissue releases sugary protein which acts like glue. That prevents nerve tissue from growing across the site of the injury.
The research team injected a chemical under the skin of the animals, which crossed into the spinal cord and disrupted the activity of the glue. In the tests, 21 out of 26 rats showed some degree of recovery either in their ability to move or in bladder function.
Before human trials could begin, the team would need to test the drug on larger animals. The researchers said that they see this drug as a possible future therapy that would work alongside other treatments, such as nerve transplants and electrical stimulation.