In a report published in the Journal of Neuroscience last June 25, a study revealed the ability of a lab rat to decide and act on the impulse to urinate due to a new treatment which has been discovered to encourage and coax shot and paralyzed nerves to re-activate. And in this case, instead of small dribbles of pee, the paralyzed lab rats were able to shoot pee like how regular rats do.
The study lead Jerry Silver of the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio believes that this is a big deal and it could lead to more in-depth research and experimentation on what this could mean for human beings. Spinal cord injuries happen more than it should and affects our bodies in the way that is a bit similar to a paralyzed rat.
Currently, severely paralyzed humans are unable to urinate and need a catheter to relieve the bladder, and if there is something wrong with the catheter or there are people who don’t have access to basic medical care to be provided with such, it is due to this a lot of the patients suffer from kidney problems.
Years of research have been poured in to develop this treatment that tears down the scar tissue of the damaged nerve bundles and coax it to re-activate.