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How bowel, bladder, sexual dysfunction can affect health

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What is bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction? Persons with a spinal cord injury (SCI) can experience changes to their bladder, bowel, and sexual function secondary to the spinal cord damage. Problems  can occur due to a  lack of voluntary control over urination and defecation, possibly leading to complications like urinary tract infections. Continue reading

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Arterial stiffness after SCI and interventions

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What is “central arterial stiffness,” and why is it important? Arterial stiffness is the consequence of many modifiable and non-modifiable factors that include age, gender, physical activity levels, family history, diet, body composition, and blood pressure level. An increase in arterial stiffness is directly correlated with cardiovascular (CV) disease and the hardening and loss of elasticity of the arteries in the heart and brain. Continue reading

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Studying skin-derived cells for experimental SCI treatment

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This is a summary of a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience. Schwann cells generated from neonatal skin-derived precursors or neonatal peripheral nerve improve functional recovery after acute transplantation into the partially Injured Cervical Spinal Cord of the Rat Read More…

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Electrical stimulation of the spinal cord enables voluntary muscle movements in people with chronic spinal cord injury.

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Damian Feldman-Kiss Original Article: C. A. Angeli, V. R. Edgerton, Y. P. Gerasimenko and S. J. Harkema (2014). Altering spinal  cord excitability enables voluntary movements after chronic complete paralysis  in humans. Brain, 137(5), 1394-1409. Find the original article here. Summary: Complete paralysis is the Read More…