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2012-07-31 23:02:22

Besides the dieting required to shimmy into them, skinny jeans pose another health risk. If they are worn too tight, these jeans can cause a nerve disorder called Meralgia Paresthetica, which occurs when one of the nerves that runs in the outer part of a thigh gets compressed. Here is a tip, the remedy is simple: stop wearing skinny jeans. But the cure is more complicated for the 13 million Americans that go to the doctor annually for chronic back pain, often the result of a pinched nerve....

2012-07-26 01:06:23

Several years ago, Prof. Michael Fainzilber and his group in the Biological Chemistry Department made a surprising discovery: Proteins thought to exist only near the cell nucleus could also be found in the far-off regions of the body's longest cells — peripheral nerve cells that extend processes called axons, reaching up to a meter in length in adult humans. These proteins, known as importins, have a well-studied role in the vicinity of the nucleus: They shuttle various molecules...

2012-07-20 12:31:18

Korean scientists have used tiny stars, squares and triangles as a toolkit to create live neural circuits in a dish. They hope the shapes can be used to create a reproducible neural circuit model that could be used for learning and memory studies as well as drug screening applications; the shapes could also be integrated into the latest neural tissue scaffolds to aid the regeneration of neurons at injured sites in the body, such as the spinal cord. Published today, 20 July, in IOP...

2012-06-28 20:15:46

Mayo Clinic researchers have successfully used smaller, folded DNA molecules to stimulate regeneration and repair of nerve coatings in mice that mimic multiple sclerosis (MS). They say the finding, published today in the journal PLoS ONE, suggests new possible therapies for MS patients. "The problem has been to find a way to encourage the nervous system to regenerate its own myelin (the coating on the nerves) so nerve cells can recover from an MS attack," says L. James Maher III, Ph.D.,...

2012-06-16 00:53:10

Hope for therapy for both trauma to the peripheral nervous system and for common conditions such as diabetic neuropathy and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Researchers from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter, in collaboration with colleagues from Rutgers University, Newark and University College London, have furthered understanding of the mechanism by which the cells that insulate the nerve cells in the peripheral nervous system, Schwann cells, protect and...

2012-06-07 08:33:20

Research shows mice brains are 'very wired up' at birth, and suggests experience selects which connections to keep Ask the average person the street how the brain develops, and they'll likely tell you that the brain's wiring is built as newborns first begin to experience the world. With more experience, those connections are strengthened, and new branches are built as they learn and grow. A new study conducted in a Harvard lab, however, suggests that just the opposite is true. As...

2012-05-23 19:20:41

A new study finds that transplanting embryonic cells into adult mouse spinal cord can alleviate persistent pain. The research, published by Cell Press in the May 24th issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that reduced pain results from successful integration of the embryonic cells into the host spinal cord. The findings open avenues for clinical strategies aimed not just at treating the symptoms of chronic debilitating pain, but correcting the underlying disease pathology. There are two...

2012-05-21 23:00:43

The George Jarkesy Show, a nationally syndicated radio program focusing on the intersection of politics and business, welcomed AxoGen co-founder and Vice President to discuss the company´s “perseverance” through a “tough period to get capital.” Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 21, 2012 The George Jarkesy Show, a nationally syndicated radio program focusing on the intersection of business and politics, welcomed John Engles — the co-founder and vice president of...

2012-05-17 23:02:04

The George Jarkesy Show, a nationally syndicated radio program focusing on the intersection of politics and business, welcomed AxoGen co-founder and Vice President to discuss the company´s “perseverance” through a “tough period to get capital.” Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 17, 2012 The George Jarkesy Show, a nationally syndicated radio program focusing on the intersection of business and politics, welcomed John Ingles — the co-founder and vice president of...

Surgery Returns Hand’s Function After Spinal Cord Injury
2012-05-16 04:50:22

[ Watch the Video ] Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Surgeons at Washington State University in St. Louis recently revealed that they were able to restore some hand function in a quadriplegic patient who suffered from a spinal cord injury at the C7 Vertebra, which is the lowest bone in the neck. They were able to reroute the working nerves in the arms instead of operating on the spine. The nerves are able to communicate with the brain because they´re attached to the part of the spine...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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