Spinal Cord Injury? Popping this pill will help you walk again!
Researchers may have developed a pill that can bring paralyzed patients to their feet and help them walk once again. The pill would target the injuries of people made paralyzed after spinal cord damage, which severs communication between the brain and the body, and would need to be administered within eight to 24 hours after injury.
When spinal cord damage occurs, the cells die, prompting the sheath to degenerate. Though oligodendrocyte cells die immediately after damage, scientists discovered that they could stop the cells from dying by targeting a protein called p75. If p75 is inhibited, the damage done to the spinal cord could be minimized.
Well this is great news for the immediately injured and it goes to show that medical advances in the world of spinal cord injury is making leaps and bounds! Question is when will this become a medical standard procedure to administer to patients?
Until they develop a “miracle pill” for longer injured folks like myself, I’ll stick to other pills that help me rise out of my chair… ~wink~ YAY SCIENCE!