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2014-07-07 10:28:28

Neural Regeneration Research Researchers at the University of Birmingham, UK, led by Dr. Ben Scheven, Dr. Wendy Leadbeater and Ben Mead have discovered that stem cells isolated from the teeth, termed dental pulp stem cells (DPSC), can protect retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) from death following injury and promote regeneration of their axons along the optic nerve. RGC loss is the leading cause of blindness and can arise through traumatic injury or degenerative diseases such as glaucoma....

2012-06-18 23:20:32

New approach reported in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience Studies suggest that neurotrophic factors, which play a role in the development and survival of neurons, have significant therapeutic and restorative potential for neurologic diseases such as Huntington's disease. However, clinical applications are limited because these proteins cannot easily cross the blood brain barrier, have a short half-life, and cause serious side effects. Now, a group of scientists has successfully...

2010-06-22 11:00:00

NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research today announced $4.6 million in awards to support two promising studies of neurotrophic factor therapies for Parkinson's disease. The projects, funded under a directed LEAPS (Linked Efforts to Accelerate Parkinson's Solutions) initiative, bring together leading investigators to build on the knowledge and experience gained from previous trials of neurotrophic factors to help speed this...

2009-12-09 19:44:52

Cells release nourishing growth factor in key area Nerve cells transplanted into brain-damaged rats helped them to fully recover their ability to learn and remember, probably by promoting nurturing, protective growth factors, according to a new study. Building on previous investigation of transplants in the nervous system, this critical study confirms that cell transplants can help the brain to heal itself. Ultimately, it may lead to new therapies to help dementia patients. More generally,...

2009-12-02 16:53:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Growth Factors (Blood And Tissue) - A World Report http://www.reportlinker.com/p0164229/Growth-Factors-Blood-And-Tissue---A-World-Report.html Age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, malignancies, trauma and autoimmune disorders necessitate the development of less-invasive and more effective therapies. Growth factors (blood and tissue) have made an...

2009-09-23 16:22:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michael J. Fox Foundation has committed up to $5 million for research to successfully translate neurotrophic factor advances from pre-clinical and early-phase clinical work into a practical, patient-relevant treatment for Parkinson's disease. The funding will be awarded under a new Directed LEAPS (Linked Efforts to Accelerate Parkinson's Solutions) initiative. The Foundation's intention is to identify and drive ambitious projects with a...

2008-12-17 15:10:24

A Japanese study suggests mature fat cells called adipocytes might become sources for cell replacement therapy in treating central nervous system disorders. The study's lead researcher, Yuki Ohta of the Institute of Medical Science at St. Mariana University School of Medicine in Kawasaki, Japan, said adipose-derived stem/stromal cells have already been shown to differentiate into neuronal cells in an in vitro setting. In the new study, and for the first time, fat cells were shown to...


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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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