Spinal Cord Injuries: Something New and Perhaps Game-Changing

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Researchers at the .NeuroRestore research center (Lausanne, Switzerland) successfully identified “a new and under-recognized population of neurons in the spinal cord.”(1) What makes the Vsx2 neuron different and valuable is that when stimulated, it can restore movement to persons with spinal cord injuries and partial or more extensive paralysis.

Through this multi-year study, scientists identified specific neurons that, when activated, help a person with paralysis stand up, walk, and rebuild their muscles.

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One might think that with all the money and years invested in medical research, we wouldn’t still be getting surprises like this. Instead, we have another demonstration of how complicated life forms are and how much is still out there to learn.

The Vsx2 neuron doesn’t play a role in normal motor function, e.g. walking, but is essential for recovery when there has been damage. Electrical stimulation targeted to this particular neuron makes the neuron…

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