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    Stem Cell Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury - Health - Fitness

    is the information given here at this article correct?

    Saturday, June 23, 2012
    Stem Cell Treatment for Spinal Cord Injury - Health - Fitness
    3:11 AM By Jayashree

    <p>Spinal cord injuries can happen through accident, trauma, or disease. The spinal cord is the link between the brain and the rest of the body, and body functions may be affected by conditions like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and traumatic accidents.</p>

    <p>In the past, a spinal injury meant loss of function below the point of injury, but modern science and research and technology has provided a number of breakthroughs in treatments for spinal injury patients.</p>

    <p>The spinal cord is made up of neural cells that carry all electrical impulses from the brain to the spine to the muscles and organs of the body. Glial cells support neural cells and are an important component of the spinal cord. There are two different types of glial cells; oligodendrocytes, which make up the protective sheath covering of nerves, along with myelin, and astrocytes, which provide an adequate growth environment for neural cells.</p>

    <p>Stem research has learned how to create new neurons. An injured brain or spinal cord may not be able to create new neurons by itself, but scientists have discovered neural cells in adult brains that can be stimulated to multiply or divide into neural cells that have been lost through central nervous system or spinal cord injury and disease processes.</p>