Researchers develop new method for promoting nerve fiber growth, possibly curing paralysis

 Researchers develop new method for promoting nerve fiber growth, possibly curing paralysis

A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a new method for repairing damaged peripheral nerves.  The project, if proven successful in human, may one day play a role in treating diseases such as Parkinson’s and paralysis due to injuries.

In developing their nerve repair method, the researchers came up with a way of ‘reconnecting’ damaged nerves by using a type of biodegradable tube and gel to promote the growth of nerve fibers. 

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Within the gel are three key components which are reportedly the main factors for the regenerative nerve cell therapy.  These include: anti-oxidants for anti-inflammation, synthetic laminin peptides which act like primers for the nerve fibers to grow on, and lastly hyaluronic acid as a buffer to prevent drying during the therapeutic stages.

According to the group of researchers, the new nerve therapy method has already been tested in animals, with possible clinical applications within a few years.

Source: Tel Aviv University via Medical Xpress

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