Wednesday, October 10, 2018
"Cervical Neural Circuits" (i.e., Helping People Breathe)
A discovery that could change many lives for the better: researchers have found a way to stimulate dormant neurons in the cervical spinal cord. Even though these neural circuits are not necessary for breathing before a neck injury, they can help restore the ability to breathe after they are activated. Breathing is easily lost due a cervical injury, so this study represents a very big deal. Hopefully a next step can involve helping people with high-level SCIs to breathe without ventilator assistance.