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A new study was recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience that explains how scientists have restored immune function in mice with autonomic dysreflexia. This condition is common among people (and mice) with spinal cord injuries. Although most people in Cleveland associate paralysis with spinal cord injuries, there are a host of different conditions that are associated with serious back injuries. This includes autonomic dysreflexia or immune suppression.

Although researchers have only been working with mice and restoring immune function, it can serve as the basis for future research and therapies for humans with immune suppression caused by spinal cord injuries. These future studies will take time, however, meaning many people with spinal cord injuries will likely need continual medical care until their immune systems can be boosted.

The cost of such extensive medical care can be overwhelming. Even with the best insurance, paying for such treatment can push someone with spinal cord injuries into debt. This is why many people in Ohio whose back injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence file personal injury lawsuits seeking compensation for their injuries and future medical treatments. These lawsuits can also be extremely beneficial for anyone who was also paralyzed by his or her back injuries.

In this recent study, scientists used a combination of drugs that reduced the immune modulatory hormones that are created during autonomic dysreflexia. Should similar treatments ever be available to humans it could go a long way toward helping prevent people living with paralysis from developing infections that others may more easily fight off.