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2008-09-05 09:00:38

NeurAxon, Inc., a developer of next-generation pain therapeutics targeting neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS), today announced data from its Phase 2 clinical trial of NXN-188 in patients with migraine. In the study, patients experiencing migraine with aura, which represents over 7 million patients in the US, achieved sustained relief from their headaches, representing a potentially differentiated treatment profile from current migraine therapies. These data were presented in a session at...

2008-07-03 12:00:13

U.S. medical scientists say they may have found clues to the biological basis of migraine headaches suffered by 15 percent to 20 percent of people worldwide. By studying a rare, inherited form of migraine, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center led by Dr. Alfred George Jr. determined genetic mutations linked to the rare form of familial migraine alter the function of sodium channels -- protein tunnels through brain cell membranes involved in the electrical conduction of nerve...

2008-06-26 09:00:00

Neuralieve, a medical technology company pioneering a new approach to treat migraine headache, today reported completion of its clinical trial. The results will be presented June 27 during the annual American Headache Society (AHS) scientific meeting in Boston by Dr. Richard B. Lipton, Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology and Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, sham-controlled...

2008-06-17 09:00:00

By Jeremy Laurance It's notoriously hard to treat, but doctors are closer than ever to finding effective relief for this condition that affects millions. Jeremy Laurance offers a sufferers' guide WHO GETS IT? An estimated six million adults in Britain, or 15 per cent of the population, are migraine sufferers. The condition affects one in four women and one in 12 men and is the commonest reason for consulting a neurologist. Up to a third of patients in some neurology clinics are seeking...

2008-05-27 11:20:00

Clouds have typically posed a problem to scientists using satellites to observe the lowest part of the atmosphere, where humans live and breathe, because they block the satellite's ability to capture a clear, unobstructed view of Earth's surface. It turns out, however, that these "obstructions" are worth a closer look, as clouds and their characteristics actually serve a valuable role in Earth's climate. That closer look is now available by satellites comprising the Afternoon Constellation,...

2007-12-14 07:50:54

Weather broadcasts have long been a staple for people planning their day. Now with the help of NASA satellites, researchers are working to broaden daily forecasts to include predictions of air quality, a feat that is becoming reality in some parts of the world. Some scientists predict that an operational system of routine, global forecasts of air pollution near the ground, where it affects human health, is only a few years away. Such a system could prove useful in efforts to improve air...

2007-10-22 08:40:55

Air pollution is becoming one of the biggest dangers for the future of the planet, causing premature deaths of humans and damaging flora and fauna. With their vantage point from space, satellites are the only way to carry out effective global measurements of air-polluting emissions and their transboundary movement. Scientists and researchers from around the world gathered at ESRIN, ESA's Earth Observation Centre in Frascati, Italy, last week to discuss the contribution of satellite data in...

2007-09-14 18:10:00

NASA scientists will join researchers from around the world to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to reduce the hole in Earth's protective ozone layer. The United Nations Environment Programme will host the meeting from Sept. 23 to 26 in Athens, Greece. NASA scientists study climate change and research the timing of the recovery of the ozone layer. "The Montreal Protocol has been a resounding success," said Richard Stolarski, a speaker at...

2006-10-10 12:54:56

What does a garden have to do with the chemistry of the atmosphere and air quality? One of the newest exhibits at NASA Goddard's Visitor Center, Greenbelt, Md., is a project related to NASA's Aura satellite. Aura is currently studying atmospheric chemistry and air pollution from space.  The new Aura Ozone Monitoring Garden is used to study air quality from the ground by seeing how ozone in the air damages the leaves of certain plants. During the summer months of intense sunlight, the...

2006-09-26 08:45:00

A NASA and university study of ozone and carbon monoxide pollution in Earth's atmosphere is providing unique insights into the sources of these pollutants and how they are transported around the world. For the first time, NASA and university researchers used simultaneous observations of carbon monoxide and ozone from space to differentiate between ozone produced from human activity and ozone produced from natural sources. Ozone is an important pollutant and a major component of smog. At high...

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