Jan 9, 2013 1:17 PM by NBC News

New drug may help patients with spinal cord injuries

An experimental drug has successfully improved movement in lab mice with spinal cord injuries.

Ohio State University researchers say the drug, which is given orally, is not only effective, but showed no toxic effects to the animals.

The drug works by preventing the death of cells that protect the nerves damaged during an injury, instead of trying to regenerate new cells.

Mice given the highest daily doses of medication over the six-week period showed huge improvements in walking and swimming, while those on lower doses had difficulty with these tasks.



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