Living With a Spinal Cord Injury - The Search for a Cure
In the past, the results
spinal cord injury were considered permanent,
but new research is changing this outlook. There may be a cure for paralysis
Major research areas for SCIs include ways to
stimulate activity in damaged nerve cells (neurorestorative), stimulate growth
in damaged nerve cells (neuroregenerative), transplant new nerve tissue into
the spinal cord (neuroconstructive), and insert genes into the spinal cord
(neurogenetic). Research is also looking at ways to improve what people with
SCIs can do physically (functional research).
Children with autism find it difficult to socialize with their peers and many of our children with autism lack appropriate play skills. The ability for our children to play is important because it can develop language and encourage imagination. Play can also lessen our children’s isolation and create opportunities to interact with their peers. Children often connect through play and having similar likes and dislikes. My typical child Hayden will identify friends by what they like to play with and...
Spinal cord injuries are extremely complex. And research must
move from theory to practical and from animal studies to human studies. When a
treatment is being studied in humans, it must be proved beneficial and safe. And
it can take years before a new treatment reaches the public.