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2010-09-23 13:23:45

Scientists have uncovered an alternative source for some of the damage associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable neuroinflammatory disorder. The research, published online by Cell Press on September 23rd in the journal Immunity, reveals a direct interaction between immune cells and neurons that plays a significant role in neuronal injury and may respond to therapeutic intervention. MS is an autoimmune disease in which a person's own immune system attacks their central nervous...

2010-09-23 13:22:10

Researchers in Germany have gained new insight into how the immune system causes damage associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), an incurable neuroinflammatory disorder. Using imaging tools which enable investigation of processes in living organisms, they were able to show a direct interaction between immune cells and neurons which plays a significant role in neuronal injury. However, this direct interaction may respond to therapeutic intervention. The study by Dr. Volker Siffrin and...

2010-09-15 14:25:00

NARBERTH, Pa., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The GBS/CIDP Foundation International will host its eleventh international symposium on Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) in King of Prussia, PA, November 5-7, 2010. Over 400 medical professionals, current and former patients, and caregivers from all over the world are expected to attend the three-day event at the Dolce Hotel - Valley Forge. In addition to general sessions covering the latest...

2010-09-15 09:04:44

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Albuterol Sulfate, a compound commonly used to treat asthma and other respiratory diseases, may decrease levels of a biological compound that promotes generation of a helper cell in patients with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by the degeneration of myelin, which coats nerve cells in the white matter of the neutral nervous system. Patients with MS have been found to have elevated levels of interleukin-12, a...

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2010-08-18 09:50:04

TAU develops genetically mutated stem cells for myelin research Vanishing White Matter (VWM) disease is a devastating condition that involves the destruction of brain myelin due to a mutation in a central factor. To understand the disease and test potential treatments that could apply to other disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, Prof. Orna Elroy-Stein of Tel Aviv University's Department of Cell Research and Immunology is leading a scientific breakthrough by developing laboratory mice which...

2010-06-15 14:13:26

Antibodies "” warrior proteins the immune system makes to defend the body against invading pathogens such as viruses and bacteria "” have a gentler side nobody knew about until now: They function not only as soldiers but also as nurses. And researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine now think antibodies' absence in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) may be a key part of the reason why nerve damage there doesn't get naturally repaired in humans....

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2010-06-13 07:50:34

White blood cells with receptors for both virus and nerve proteins may assault nerves after fighting an infection A virus infection can incite the body to attack its own nerve tissue by activating unusual, disease-fighting cells with receptors for both viral and nerve proteins. The dual-receptor observation suggests a way brain and spinal cord nerve damage might be triggered in susceptible young adults afflicted with multiple sclerosis (MS). University of Washington Department of Immunology...

2010-06-09 21:43:44

Discovery underscores difficulties in developing regenerative spinal cord injury therapies Neuroscientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found that removing three key inhibitory molecules from myelin "“ the insulating material that surrounds nerve cell fibers "“ does not significantly boost the ability of injured spinal axons to regenerate and restore themselves to full function. "I think this just shows how incredibly complicated the challenge...

2010-06-08 18:06:24

A protein that helps build the brain in infants and children may aid efforts to restore damage from multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurodegenerative diseases, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. In a mouse model of MS, researchers found that the protein, CXCR4, is essential for repairing myelin, a protective sheath that covers nerve cell branches. MS and other disorders damage myelin, and this damage is linked to loss of the branches inside the...

2010-06-01 19:21:07

A synthetic version of a naturally occurring peptide promoted the creation of new blood vessels and repaired damaged nerve cells in lab animals, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "This successful experiment holds promise for treating clot-induced strokes in humans," says study lead author Daniel C. Morris, M.D., senior staff physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital. "Neurorestorative therapy is the next frontier in the treatment of...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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