California is known for a lot of things — the sun, the surf, the mountains — but you might not be aware of its scientific research.  ABC12 News reports that a University of California, Irvine lab that found positive tests in paralysis treatments on lab rats and will start clinical trials on 10 humans this year.  The treatment is focused on just those with recent spinal cord injuries, at most two weeks after paralysis sets in on someone.

Our firm’s spinal cord injury attorneys in San Diego are excited about the prospects of a cure for those living with paralysis.  Though we wish it could benefit everyone with spinal cord injuries — whether it be eating something contaminated with E. Coli last week or a car accident from years ago — it feels like a good start to something monumental.

“This treatment I designed for individuals within two weeks of their injury, so it’s a scary thought that those individuals that will receive this trial haven’t even been injured yet,”  said University of California, Irvine doctor/researcher on the sometimes controversial paralysis treatment method.

Stem cells have been the subject of much debate over the ethics of using ones from human embryos.  While our firm does not take a stance one way or another, it has been a fascinating treatment to follow, especially in one study involving a paralyzed rats that regained the ability to walk.  the doctor/researcher was able to turn the stem cells from a human embryo into spinal cord cells, inject them into paralyzed rodents, and watch the result: the tweaked stem cells restored functional movement after being bonded to the nerves of the spinal cord.  Six weeks later, the once paralyzed rats walked again on their own.

About 10 patients in 2010 are expected to get stem cells injected directly in their spinal cord, with an outlook for recovery of about three months.

For the paralysis lawyers at our San Diego law firm, this is exciting news, with the chance to really cure paralysis once and for all.  Other studies will hopefully get funded to help cure those who have been paralyzed for much longer periods of time, but for now, a glimmer of hope is out there for anyone with a serious spinal cord injury.

If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident and suffered a spinal cord injury or paralysis, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a FREE consultation with an experienced paralysis lawyer in San Diego.  We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we recover money on your behalf.


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