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June 8, 2024 9 mins
DR. ALFRED O. BONATI DISCUSSES THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS IN SPINAL CORD INJURY TREATMENT.    
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You're listening to American Medicine Today,presented by the Benadi Spine Institute, featuring
internationally acclaimed inventor of the Benati SpineProcedures, Alfred Benati, MD. Once
again your host Kimberly Burmel Benati andco host Ethan Yuger. Welcome to American
Medicine Today. I'm Kimberly Benati alongsidedoctor Benati, who's anxious to talk about

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advancements and treatments for spinal cord injury. So what are some of the latest
trends. Well, researchers are verymuch keen right now to understand the new
technologies that they can use to beable to correct some type of his spinal

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cord injuries. Ok, they aretechnologies based on light, they are technologist
based in some devices, and theirtechnologist based on some type of protein.
But we're going to discuss all thisin a group and now I am going
to tell you what I feel inwhat is really happening. The technology of

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just wrap around the injury is prettyinteresting. It's something that is being developed
right now in the University of Cambridgein London, and they develop a type
of a like an envelope that isvery very thing, but it's an electrode

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in the past. What we dois we pierce the spine cord with some
type of a needle that is goingto obtain information from the spanel cord and
then that information will be also transferredto some type of instrumentation inside the brain

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that they are now catching that informationto be able to see if they can
or they are abilities to as thebrain and the spanel cord to talk.
Once you have that, the damageon the spanel cord is great because you're

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piercing it, and the damage tothe brain is also important because you need
to open a bullhole or maybe putelectrodes in areas, but you need to
put it on the brain to beable to have communication. Well. The
problem is that they've found different typeof ideas, and one of the ideas

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is to understand that the spanel cordand the brain they need to communicate so
the muscles will move and the extremitieswill be able to carry you. The
problem is the interruption of the ordersof the brain to the spanel cord in

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certain parts. Usually the neked isthe most most frequent area that is being
damaged, so you have an individualwith a paraplegic. Okay, now that
communication there. If we will beable to bypast that communication and read the

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information from the brain and go directlyto the cord and the chord now send
information to the muscles and that informationgoes back now to the brain, then
the possibilities to move these extremities withcommand of the brain will really happen.
And then that is what they tryto develop. And this is a type

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of product that is an electrical devicelike the tense unit that we use,
the tensiunit that we use before,but absolutely minimized two thousand times less in
size. Very thing. It's likea little en below and they will wrap
around this electrode. Will they willwrap wrap around that electrode on the defect

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area where the damage occur and thenreceive the order from the brain bypass dangery
give the order to the span cord. So it's going to be more movement.
Now. They are very excited withthe idea. They are very excited
with the concept, and it's rightnow being tested in laboratory animals. And

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then they think in sometimes I don'tknow exactly if they're took ben years or
months, but really in all thesethings, you always talk about years before
this becomes something that is going tobe testing the human and then later on
if that test is productive and itis real, then we will go to

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the market. Sure well, thatis one concept that they are working in
in England in Birmingham, they havean other idea. They are talking about
the use of light therapy and theydiscover that if they use six hundred and

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sixty type of energy that will sendthe information to the area of where the
damage occur and then that power ofthat light there will go and send the
information to the cells that they arebeing damaged. Is this red light therapy

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that is that is the that isa red light therapy with they use a
partial red light therapy and red therapyand then with those they send the information
to the defect and then the cellsin the area of the defect are going
to start to regain activity. Thispractically is like the neurological cells that they've

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been damaged will reconstruct, will becomenormal again. So the transmission will be
directly from the brain to the spanelcord because practically they will heal or mend
the area of the damage. Andso is this something that's done from the

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exterior or are they making like aslight incision and then applying the light internally.
They are thinking in both right nowthey are talking about they're very excited
to think that they can do itdirectly on the skin and then transfer and
that now they need to they needto understand more how deep they need to

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go, and they need to understandmore the power of this light will be
sent without damaging other organs or creatingproblems associated. So they are trying to
put that light red light therapy thatis going to be the one that they
are going to practically heal the area, mend the structure and return the motility.

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They also is a situation that isin the study right now in Knowing,
Cambridge, but in Birmingham also inEngland that they are very excited with
the results. What they did isthey use the fruit flies and they with
a microscope, they studied the emotionsand they see that some type of the

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therapy will help. Together with thatone, it's another idea that this time
they are looking at these flies thatthey have a type of a protein and
this protein is a real protein.This protein now is going to be the

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one that seems to be that allowsthe healing of the cells. If it
is a very low protein in thatarea, the motion becomes affected. So
they will increase the amount of proteinon that area, so that is going
to increase the possibility of healing.All these different ideas right now, they're

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going totally crazy in different universities,and they are testing in animals and the
results are being very, very muchin the positive side. So I think
we're going to know more and morein the next five years that they are
going to be solutions, or atleast, if not solutions, solutions.

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Yeah, great promise in this technologyto help spinal cord injuries. And who
knew fruitflies could be such a wonderfulgift to that ongoing research. Thank you
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