According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, approximately half a million people worldwide suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI) each year as a result of accidents and other causes. Over 17,500 cases of total SCI cases are reported annually in the US alone, and since the spine is a delicate body part with very little power of regeneration, the injury is typically troubling for a long time.
There is no known treatment strategy that guarantees sure and permanent relief from SCI. However, now a team of researchers at the University of Aveiro in Portugal has created a biomaterial that offers a promising way to treat SCIs. The biomaterial is composed of graphene and can be used to develop scaffold implants that would replace damaged parts of the spine in the event of a spinal cord injury.
Read more at: https://www.zmescience.com/medicine/here-is-an-incredible-scaffold-implant-that-mimics-the-spinal-cord/