A new procedure could restore function to muscles involved in breathing control for paralyzed patients.
Scientists knew that mutations in the FUS gene (Fused in Sarcoma) cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The researchers were successful in identifying mutations in this gene that cause Essential Tremor, and proved that the disease mechanisms for ET and ALS FUS mutations are different.
This summer, a US based bio-technology company will proceed to test the effectiveness of human embryonic stem cell therapy on patients with spinal cord injuries. The much anticipated research project will be the world's first study of treatments which incorporate human stem cells to treat spinal cord injuries.
A new study reports epidural stimulation could help people with spinal cord injuries to regain motor function.
Researchers use CRISPR to modulate genes in order to reduce tissue damage and inflammation for people with neck and back pain.