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2009-10-26 14:46:40

Enzyme could lead to a possible treatment for brain and spinal cord injury Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston report that an enzyme known as Mst3b, previously identified in their lab, is essential for regenerating damaged axons (nerve fibers) in a live animal model, in both the peripheral and central nervous systems. Their findings, published online by Nature Neuroscience on October 25, suggest Mst3b "“ or agents that stimulate it "“ as a possible means of treating stroke,...

2009-10-14 13:47:32

Animal studies at University of Michigan also show potential to restore sense of touch Modern tissue engineering developed at the University of Michigan could improve the function of prosthetic hands and possibly restore the sense of touch for injured patients. Researchers will present their updated findings Wednesday at the 95th annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. The research project, which was funded by the Department of Department of Defense, arose from a need...

2009-10-08 08:20:15

Scientists create nerve cell connections in vitro using artificial substances, a major advance towards nerve cell repair The repair of damaged nerve cells is a major problem in medicine today. A new study by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) and McGill University, is a significant advance towards a solution for neuronal repair. The study featured on the cover of the October 7 issue of Journal of Neuroscience, is the first to show that nerve cells will...

2009-09-25 00:31:58

A U.S. researcher suggests his myelin model -- based on a sheat the covers nerve axons -- is cause for rethinking Alzheimer's disease. George Bartzokis of the University of California, Los Angeles, says present drug targets -- the amyloid-beta peptide and the tau peptide implicated in Alzheimer's as well as clinical signs such as memory loss -- are actually preceded by the breakdown of myelin. Bartzokis explains myelin -- the fatty sheath covering the nerve axons, allowing for efficient...

2009-08-31 15:53:53

Canadian scientists say they've found the interaction of a specific protein regulates the development of nerve connections in the visual system of tadpoles. The researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital said their findings help clarify how networks of nerve cell connections become established in human brains. The scientists focused on the interactions between a schizophrenia-linked gene product, Calcineurin, and a transcription factor known to contribute to the...

2009-07-21 14:55:00

In the July issue of Biomaterials, published by Elsevier, researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) report on the first lab-grown motor nerves that are insulated and organized just like they are in the human body. The model system will drastically improve understanding of the causes of myelin-related conditions, such as diabetic neuropathy and later, possibly multiple sclerosis (MS). In addition, the model system will enable the discovery and testing of new drug therapies for...

2009-06-23 10:43:53

Multiple sclerosis, diabetic neuropathy, and other conditions caused by a loss of myelin insulation around nerves can be debilitating and even deadly, but adequate treatments do not yet exist. That's in large part because of deficiencies in model research systems. In an upcoming issue of the journal Biomaterials, a UCF team addresses this problem with a report on the first lab-grown motor nerves that are insulated and organized the same way they are in the body. The group's model system,...

2009-06-19 09:36:03

Sensory neuronopathies, nerve dysfunction that affects nerves outside the brain and spinal chord, are extremely painful. They include shingles and can be caused by anti-cancer drugs such as cisplatin. In many sensory neuronopathies, the nerves that are dysfunctional are those in a region of the body known as the dorsal root ganglion (DRG), and these conditions are particularly difficult to treat. Dr. Lawrence Chan and colleagues at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, have developed an...

2009-06-17 13:56:00

NARBERTH, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The GBS/CIDP Foundation International, the only non-profit organization dedicated to serving patients afflicted with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) and variants, announced the appointment of Patricia A. Bryant to the position of Executive Director effective as of May 2009. Patricia succeeds Estelle L. Benson, who along with her husband, Robert Benson, founded the volunteer organization in 1980...

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2009-06-16 15:20:00

Now researchers at the University of Washington are using the same principle for biomedical applications. Mixing chitosan, found in the shells of crabs and shrimp, with an industrial polyester creates a promising new material for the tiny tubes that support repair of a severed nerve, and could serve other medical uses. The hybrid fiber combines the biologically favorable qualities of the natural material with the mechanical strength of the synthetic polymer."A nerve guide requires very strict...


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