New medical research focusing on repairing damaged nerve structures shows promise for people who have suffered significant spinal injuries, according to a new article on the WFTV.com website. The federal Food and Drug Administration just approved a trial study that will seek to treat people between the ages of 18 and 50 years old who are in the acute phase of a significant spinal injury. The study focuses on the injection of what are called Schwann cells. Schwann cells are not to be confused with fetal stem cells. Schwann cells are adult cells that specialize in sending electrical signals throughout the body’s nervous system. Schwann cells can easily be harvested from adults through a simple biopsy. Based upon years of research, scientists know that Schwann cells have multiple capabilities, but are most interested in the way that Schwann cells can surround axons that have lost insulation after an injury. These damaged axons keep the nerves from communicating with each other. It is hoped that Schwann cells can be used to redirect and/or repair nerve pathways around and/or through injured areas of the spine. The study protocol calls from seriously injured people to be injected with Schwann cells at the site of their injury between 26 and 45 days after an injury. The injured people will then be followed for a year to see if there has been any improvement to function. Should this protocol prove successful, this would obviously be outstanding news for Florida accident victims, or anyone whose spine has been injured in a traumatic fashion. Based upon our experience representing accident victims across Florida who have become paralyzed after a severe spinal injury, we know that any return to function or normalcy – even if it does not represent a return to full health – can make a huge difference in a person’s life, and that of their family. We are definitely going to keep our fingers crossed for the doctors and patients who will be involved in this study. If you have any questions after receiving a spinal injury in a Florida accident, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901. If your injuries were as a result of a car accident, get a FREE copy of Kim’s Book, “Asleep At The Wheel – 13 Mistakes The Insurance Company Desperately Hope You’ll Make After Your Florida Car Accident” at...Read More »
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