Dating a man with a spinal cord injury
Zebrafish have the remarkable ability to regain full movement within four weeks of injury to their spinal cord.For people and other mammals, damage to the spinal cord is permanent and results in irreversible paralysis.For men with incomplete spinal cord injuries involuntary motor and or sensory function still exists below the level of injury.
Now, scientists at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Neuroregeneration say they have pinpointed 'key molecules' that prompt damaged nerve fibres in zebrafish spinal cords to regenerate themselves.
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. 1979, 1986 © Harper Collins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source spinal cord n.
The thick, whitish cord of nerve tissue that extends from the medulla oblongata down through the spinal column and from which the spinal nerves branch off to various parts of the body.
Women with an IDC can also leave a catheter in during sex unless it causes problems.
Stoma and those who self-cath (pass a catheter several times a day to drain bladder) usually do so just prior to sex to avoid any unwanted urine leakage.
'We have now pinpointed the signals that remove this roadblock in zebrafish, so that nerve cells can repair connections that are lost after damage to the spinal cord.'The Edinburgh team will now try to establish whether triggering similar signals in other animals can help them to repair nerve connections damaged by spinal cord injuries.