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What other research is being done?
Within the (U.S)-Federal Government, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and
Stroke (NINDS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has primary responsibility for
conducting and supporting research on spinal cord disorders and demyelinating
diseases such as transverse myelitis. The NINDS conducts research in its laboratories at
the NIH and also supports studies through grants to major medical institutions across the country.
NINDS researchers seek to clarify the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of
demyelination in autoimmune diseases or disorders. Other work focuses on strategies
to repair demyelinated spinal cords including approaches using cell transplantation. The
knowledge gained from such research should lead to a greater knowledge of the mechanisms
responsible for demyelination in transverse myelitis and may ultimately provide a means to
prevent and treat this disorder.
The NINDS also funds researchers who are using animal models of spinal cord injury to study
strategies for replacement or regeneration of spinal cord nerve cells. The ultimate goals of these
studies are to encourage the same regeneration in humans and to restore function to paralyzed
patients. Scientists are also developing neural prostheses to help patients with spinal cord
damage compensate for lost function. These sophisticated electrical and mechanical devices
connect with the nervous system to supplement or replace lost motor and sensory function.
Neural prostheses for spinal cord injured patients are being tested in humans.
Where can I get more information?
For more information on neurological disorders or research programs funded by the National
Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, contact the Institute's Brain Resources and
Information Network (BRAIN) at:
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
ADEM - "..Acute Disseminated Encephalo-Myelitis.."
Some good info here;
Drug allows morphine to relieve pain without addiction | New Scientist
"A potential new treatment to prevent morphine addiction is at hand. Researchers have
identified an immune receptor involved in addiction to the drug, and found a way to block this
receptor without affecting pain relief." Read more...
Back Pain Choices - National Prescribing Service
An online tool that has been developed to assist in the diagnosis and management of lower
back pain (LBP) by primary care clinicians. Read more...
|Chronic Pain and Sleep Webinar - Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability|
Information about how the sleep cycle works, what recent research says about how sleep and
chronic pain interact and some practical strategies to get your sleep cycle back on track.
Mindhealthconnect is a new national e-mental health online portal, developed by the
Commonwealth Government. The portal provides access to information and treatment as an
alternative totraditional face-to-face services, as well as information on high prevalence conditions such as
depression and anxiety. Find out more...
Some "SCIs" - Facts & Stats...
• In Queensland, around 90 spinal cord injuries are sustained every year. • Most spinal cord injuries happen to people under the age of 35. • More than 70% of spinal cord injuries are sustained by men. • The main causes of traumatic spinal cord injuries are road trauma, falls and water related accidents. • In 2010-11, 40 % of SCIs resulted in quadriplegia, and 60% in paraplegia. Source: Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Spinal Injuries Unit 2012. • More than 10,000 people in Australia have a spinal cord injury. Source: Spinal Cord Injury Network 2011. • The proportion of people with disabilities globally is rising and now stands at 1 billion, accounting for 15 per cent of the world’s population, according to the first official global report on disability. Read more. Source: World Report on Disability by the World Health Organisation 2011. • The lifetime cost per incidence of paraplegia is estimated to be $5 million. • The lifetime cost per incidence of quadriplegia is estimated to be $9.5 million. • The total cost of spinal cord injury in Australia is estimated to be $2 billion annually. Source: Access Economics 2009. • If just 10% of carers were able to return to the workforce because their family member with a disability had appropriate personal support, there would be a $3 billion boost into the economy. • If just 2% of people with a disability could come off the pension to work because they had appropriate employment training, then there would be an injection of $2.5 billion into the economy. Source: National Disability Services 2010.
The Facts - Transverse Myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation across both sides of one level, or segment, of the spinal cord. Attacks of inflammation can damage or destroy myelin, the fatty insulating substance that covers nerve cell fibers. This damage causes nervous system scars that interrupt communications between the nerves in the spinal cord and the rest of the body.