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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...

2010-04-15 09:03:12

New research investigating neurological decline in a population of "super healthy" elderly subjects found that the decline in neurological function of the peripheral nervous system attributed to aging may be related to metabolic factors, such as blood sugar levels, even if these factors are within the normal range. In a related study of peripheral nerve function, the same group found that aging affects the nerves of men more than women later in life. The findings imply, the researchers say,...

2010-04-15 07:44:35

A UCSF-led study examining the impact of statins on the progression of multiple sclerosis found a lower incidence of new brain lesions in patients taking the cholesterol-lowering drug in the early stages of the disease as compared to a placebo. Study participants received an 80 milligram daily dose of atorvastatin, marketed by Pfizer Inc. as Lipitor. Although the study was small with only 81 participants and its primary endpoint, designed to evaluate MS progression in patients following their...

2010-02-27 08:09:56

A non-pathogenic bacterium is capable to trigger an autoimmune disease similar to the multiple sclerosis in the mouse, the model animal which helps to explain how human diseases work. This is what a group of researchers from the Catholic University of Rome, led by Francesco Ria (Institute of General Pathology) and Giovanni Delogu (Institute of Microbiology), have explained for the first time in a recently published article on the Journal of Immunology. Multiple sclerosis is a disease due to...


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lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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