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2010-11-24 07:54:43

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but you can repurpose medicine with those intentions. A drug originally developed to treat chronic pain, has proven successful in treating and reversing the effects of multiple sclerosis, or MS, as well. MS is an inflammatory disease where the body's immune system attacks a protective sheath called myelin that encompasses nerves in the spinal cord and brain. As the disease progresses, the myelin develops lesions, or...

2010-11-23 23:43:10

Researchers have found evidence that an environmental pollutant may play an important role in causing multiple sclerosis and that a hypertension drug might be used to treat the disease. The toxin acrolein was elevated by about 60 percent in the spinal cord tissues of mice with a disease similar to multiple sclerosis, said Riyi Shi, a medical doctor and a professor of neuroscience and biomedical engineering in Purdue University's Department of Basic Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary...

2010-11-18 17:01:43

Successfully treating and reversing the effects of multiple sclerosis, or MS, may one day be possible using a drug originally developed to treat chronic pain, according to Distinguished Professor Linda Watkins of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Watkins and her colleagues in CU-Boulder's department of psychology and neuroscience discovered that a single injection of a compound called ATL313 -- an anti-inflammatory drug being developed to treat chronic pain -- stopped the progression of...

2010-11-17 22:20:45

By tracking the fate of a group of immature cells that persist in the adult brain and spinal cord, Johns Hopkins researchers discovered in mice that these cells undergo dramatic changes in ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. A study reported November 17 online in Neuron shows that these cells, called NG2+, grow and expand rapidly during early life, eventually morphing into mature nervous system cells called oligodendrocytes. These "oligos" help speed the transmission of electrical...

2010-11-17 09:00:00

NEW YORK and NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Provid Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a drug discovery company, and Fast Forward, LLC, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's subsidiary devoted to bridging the gap between research and drug development, today announced an expansion of their partnership to support Provid's preclinical studies of their candidate MS drug, PV-267. This novel, highly selective small molecule is designed to block a critical step in the autoimmune...

2010-10-28 14:34:00

Between Oct. 26-30 takes place in Sitges (Barcelona, Spain) the 10th International Congress of Neuroimmunology of the International Society of Neuroimmunology The complexity of the immune system and nervous system turn Neuroimmunology into one of the most exciting fields of modern biomedicine. Between October 26th and 30th takes place in Sitges (Barcelona, Spain) the X International Congress of Neuroimmunology of the International Society of Neuroimmunology. This event highlights the advances...

2010-10-26 02:50:03

Scientists are closer to solving one of the many mysteries of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases, thanks to a recent study conducted at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The research revealed a previously unknown connection between two ion channels, which, when misaligned, can cause the many bizarre symptoms that characterize the condition. The findings, reported in this week's online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), provide...

2010-09-27 08:55:29

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Scientists have uncovered a source of damage associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) that may lead them to an effective therapy for what is now an incurable condition. The research revealed a direct interaction between immune cells and neurons that plays a significant role in neuronal injury and may respond to therapeutic intervention. MS is a disease in which a person's own immune system attacks their central nervous system. Symptoms vary, depending on which nerves are...

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...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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