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New research focuses on stabilizing enzyme for spinal repair

Anyone who has a spinal injury should be interested in medical advances that may help them in the future. At the end of August, the University of Oregon released an article about an enzyme that has been proven to help regrow nerve tissues that were damaged. The enzyme has worked well in animals, but it wasn't stable enough for human use.

The research focused on stabilizing the enzyme for human use. Once stable, the enzyme works with many other substances in the body, like bacteria, chrondroitinase ABC and others, which could potentially help reverse nerve damage.

What makes it hard for spinal injury patients to heal?

Spinal injuries are hard to heal from because of the formation of scars called glial scars. These form quickly and surround the damaged nerves. That action does shield the nerves initially, but it also means that nerve repair is inhibited.

These scars don't heal and remodel themselves back into normal tissues like other kinds do. The good news about chondroitinase ABC is that it can normally degrade the glial scar over time, which lets healthy neurons have access to the nutrients needed to regrow properly.

This new, more stable enzyme is still being investigated and researched. If it does work, it could help many people with spinal injuries begin to heal. This is the kind of news that should make people with spinal injuries hopeful for the future. For now, if you're struggling, make sure you seek compensation from those who caused your injury. Later in life, you may need that compensation for breakthrough treatment options.

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