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July 25, 2007

Spinal cord injury therapy developed to prevent paralysis

Researchers at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research studied rats with crushed spinal cords.

The scientists found treatment soon after injury, combining radiation therapy to destroy harmful cells and microsurgery to drain excess fluids, significantly helped the body repair the injured cord. The scientists, led by Nurit Kalderon, said their findings demonstrate conventional clinical procedures hold promise for preventing paralysis due to spinal cord injuries

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