In the United States, a quarter of a million people live with a spinal cord injury. Worldwide, approximately two million people live with a spinal cord injury (National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center 2007). A majority of people with spinal cord injury are below the age of 30 at the time of injury and, as a result, may require many years of treatment or assisted living. Estimates place the number of new spinal cord injuries each year at around 13,000. Depending on the severity and location of CNS injury, motor and sensory function can be mildly affected in the lower extremities or entirely eliminated below the neck. Many attempts have been made to develop therapies for CNS regeneration, but they have been met with limited success. These difficulties make a successful treatment very desirable due to the life-changing impact that CNS injury has on the lives of millions.

Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.

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