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    Electrical Device Promising for Spinal Cord Injury

    Electrical Device Promising for Spinal Cord Injury
    Fri Jan 14, 2005 09:29 PM GMT
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    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Early tests are raising hopes that a new device can help people who've injured their spinal cord.
    Implantation of an oscillating field stimulator, which generates an electrical field, is a safe, well-tolerated treatment that may improve motor and sensory function in such patients, findings from a pilot study suggest.

    The device, which was developed at Purdue University, is placed near the site of injury and is designed to stimulate nerves to regenerate and, it's hoped, restore some degree of function.

    After seeing encouraging results in dogs with spinal cord injury, Dr. Scott Shapiro, from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and colleagues tested the device in humans. The researchers' findings appear in the Journal of Neurosurgery-Spine.

    The early-stage trial involved 10 patients with a complete spinal cord injury but no evidence on an MRI scan that the nerves had been actually severed.

    "Based on these findings, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved another trial of the device, which should begin early this year, the researchers note."

    Wonder how long these trials are going to go on for?
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