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Posted: October 24, 2012 - 3:29pm

When it comes to discovering and diagnosing cervical spine injuries, there are two commonly employed methods – the National Emergency X-Radiography Utilization Study and the Canadian C-spine rule. Typically, neither method is preferred over the other, as there has previously never been a distinct difference between the two processes; however, a study published in this month’s Canadian Medical Association Journal may have actually revealed that difference. According to the study’s authors – a team of physicians from Australia and the Netherlands – the Canadian C-spine rule offers a more accurate evaluation than the NEXUS.

Based on the study’s findings, the researchers were able to determine that the sensitivity of the C-...

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Posted: October 22, 2012 - 3:45pm

At the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, researchers from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine reported that stimulating the brains of rats suffering from spinal cord injury improves their ability to walk.  While this kind of brain stimulation has proven to be an effective treatment for easing the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, it could pave the way for a new treatment for spinal injuries.  Brain stimulation counters the long-held thought that walking ability cannot be enhanced without a fully intact spinal cord.

About 60 percent of human spinal cord injuries are “incomplete,” with only some nerves severed and other left intact. ...

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Posted: October 19, 2012 - 3:08pm

Back in March, it was reported in the Journal of Neurosurgery that a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh had developed the new imaging technique High Definition Fiber Tracking as a tremendous breakthrough in the way doctors could examine traumatic brain injuries. The tracking process allows doctors to look directly at broken neural connections, which may help them finally understand and even predict how a TBI worsens after the initial accident and first wave of damage.

According to an article from Science Daily on March 2, Pittsburgh neurosurgeon and associate professor at the university’s Department of Neurological Surgery David Okonkwo, MD, PhD believed then...

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