Promising new spinal injury drug spurs nerve regeneration in animals

December 4, 2014 5:25 AM

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Promising new spinal injury drug spurs nerve regeneration in animals

"We now have an agent that may work alone or in combination with other treatments to improve the lives of many," said Jerry Silver.

In a recent study involving lab rats, the drug -- a compound called intracellular sigma peptide (ISP) -- spurred nerve growth in 80 percent of the injured animals, reactivating muscles that had been previously paralyzed. Twenty-six animals were injected with the drug; 21 of them regained movement, t...

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