Paralysis Research - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe Sparks News, Weather, Video

Paralysis Research

Posted: Updated:

He may be just a dog, but dog's like this paralyzed dachshund could be key to a breakthrough treatment for paralyzed veterans.

"One of the big obstacles in the past has been a lot of the research has used rodents and experimental animals. Despite an abundance of clinical trials, a lot of money spent in humans, um, the results have been disappointing," says professor Jonathan Levine.

The hope is that therapies that work in dogs might also be more likely to work in humans. That's welcome news to veteran Glendon Bentley who has been paralyzed since 1996.

"I was in the process of unloading an 1,100 pound crate from the back of the truck when the wind caught it just right and the crate fell out of the truck."

Bentley says any progress would bring vets like him hope. "Anything to improve the quality of live that would be the best."

The Department of Defense agrees. That's why they're now funding research going on at Texas A&M.

"Here what we are looking at is a dog who has had a disc herniation."

Scientists there are testing a drug that would block enzymes that do damage to the spinal cord.

"Hopefully what that is going to lead to is better mobility, better ability to empty the bladder and that is going to be beneficial of course to dogs and hopefully that can be scaled up to humans as well," says Levine.

Bentley adds, "And if this works and actually rejuvenates some of the spinal cord nerve endings it could alleviate some of that pain and possibly allow them to go from a wheelchair to a walker or leg braces and that would be phenomenal."

  • Kristen Remington's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • KTVN's 10th Annual 'Give 2 Live' Blood Drive July 12

    KTVN's 10th Annual 'Give 2 Live' Blood Drive July 12

    Friday, June 23 2017 9:41 AM EDT2017-06-23 13:41:28 GMT

    In less than a month you can help save a life by giving blood. Our 10th annual Give 2 Live Blood Drive is coming up on Wednesday, July 12th.

    More >>

    In less than a month you can help save a life by giving blood. Our 10th annual Give 2 Live Blood Drive is coming up on Wednesday, July 12th.

    More >>
  • Four GOP Senators Say They Oppose Health Care Bill

    Four GOP Senators Say They Oppose Health Care Bill

    Thursday, June 22 2017 6:50 PM EDT2017-06-22 22:50:18 GMT

    Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy. Nevada Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto have also released statements about the bill.

    More >>

    Four Republican senators say they are not ready to vote for the GOP health care bill, putting the measure in jeopardy. Nevada Senators Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez Masto have also released statements about the bill.

    More >>
  • "Bike Like a Girl"

    "Bike Like a Girl"

    Thursday, June 22 2017 5:15 PM EDT2017-06-22 21:15:22 GMT

    From bike skills to life skills, an inspiring team of female cyclists is proving to young girls that they, too, can get out of the saddle and dig deep to accomplish their dreams. Find out how to "Bike Like a Girl" in Health Watch.

    More >>

    From bike skills to life skills, an inspiring team of female cyclists is proving to young girls that they, too, can get out of the saddle and dig deep to accomplish their dreams. Find out how to "Bike Like a Girl" in Health Watch.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.