May 6, 2013
Cerebral palsy is a very common Birth Injury that occurs in the United States today. The condition is caused by a lack of oxygen going to the brain during the child birthing process and can result in motor skills being drastically affected in a victim. The condition can lead to life-long disabilities such as an inability to walk, sit up, or speak.
New research is showing there may now be an effective treatment for this condition. A study published in a recent issue of the journal, Nature Biotechnology, data has shown that scientists are able to transform normal skin cells, or fibroblasts, into brain cells that are missing or damaged during the child birthing process. The technique is called “cellular reprogramming” and can alter the make up of the cell to allow it to transmit information to other myelinating cells.
The cells are created in a lab and then injected into a patient’s brain, where they quickly begin to repair damage to axons through the generation of compact Myelin.
The study was successful in the treatment of mice with suffering from Cerebral Palsy and now researchers are beginning to look into the testing of human cases.
Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and his team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers are excited to see such advancements in the treatment of this disabling disease being made. The firm is hopeful the technology gained will be successful in helping those who have been affected by this condition.