Friday, June 01, 2012

Quick Share of Awesomeness (Then Back To Regular Scheduled Programing)


As reported in Science (the journal) a group of individuals in Switzerland have found a way to give hope to people with spine injuries. 
 They used a combination of drugs and electrical stimulation coupled with hard work and rats that had a partially severed spinal column. 
The rats eventually were not only able to walk again but also to run and climb stairs. 
 This is an amazing bit of research!! 
 I am a scientist at the University of Michigan and when I read this I got goosebumps.  
What hope this holds out for those folks with these kinds of injuries!!

OK off my soapbox now.  
Go to this link and watch the amazing video and read a short article about it. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/01/health/in-rat-experiment-new-hope-for-spine-injuries.html

A M A Z I N G !!!

~XOP~

7 comments:

Sheila said...

I didn't realize that you were a scientist. The world doesn't have enough scientists. Thank you for sharing this article. This research could potentially help so many people.

Shannon said...

That is so cool!! I love this idea. I hope that they will be able to continue this research!

Mimi said...

I have goosebumps too! My niece had a diving accident last summer and has injured her spine, leaving her Quadriplegic - she is 20 years old and it is heart-wrenching. Finally some hope!! Thanks for sharing this awesome news! I will forward it to my sister.

Karen said...

Very cool! Goosebump worthy for sure!

Rachel said...

THAT is so amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing it, I love seeing hope like this!

Anna said...

I read this article in our local paper and was fascinated. there are so many scientist working away to make the world better and we have to no clue it is going on.

Brenda said...

My nephew is paralyzed from the chest area down from an accident he had on a 4-wheeler (only thing I know to call them) He is around 33 now this happened quite a few years ago.

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