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Yale scientists repair injured spinal cords using patients’ own stem cells

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  • Injecting stem cells into veins of patients with spinal cord injuries led to a big improvement in their motor functions.
  • Half the patients in the study regained some key functions - walking, using hands - just weeks after the injection.
  • The stem cells were taken from the patients themselves.
  • To make this clinical trial possible, Yale and Sapporo university teams had to do years of preclinical laboratory work.
  • These results are promising and give hope, yet study authors say it will still take years before doctors will be able to fix brain and spinal cord injuries this way.

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