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Magnetic Stimulation Improved Bladder Control in Men with Spinal Cord Injuries

 

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A male patient receives magnetic stimulation along the spinal cord.

UCLA neuroscientists are the first to prove that men with spinal cord injuries can recover significant bladder control for up to four weeks by stimulating the lower spinal cord through the skin with a magnetic device placed at the lumbar spine. In the study published in Scientific Reports, the five male patients who had sustained spinal cord injuries five to thirteen years ago reported an improved quality of life by an average of 60 percent.

The study’s principal investigator is Dr. Daniel Lu, associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the experiments were conducted in the UCLA Clinical and Translational Research Center, which is supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science UCLA CTSI Grant Number UL1TR001881. 

Read more details in the UCLA press release.