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2013-11-25 16:45:57

After Schwann cells (SCs), the principal cells in the peripheral nervous system, and olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), cells that ensheath the non-myelinated peripheral neurons in the nose, were co-transplanted into laboratory rats with spinal cord injury, researchers in Beijing, China put the rats on a 30 minute per day treadmill training program for ten weeks to determine if the effects of the workouts would benefit aspects of the animals' recovery. The research team, whose results will...

Clue To Regrowing Nerve Cells Identified
2013-11-07 12:54:44

Washington University School of Medicine Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a chain reaction that triggers the regrowth of some damaged nerve cell branches, a discovery that one day may help improve treatments for nerve injuries that can cause loss of sensation or paralysis. The scientists also showed that nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are missing a link in this chain reaction. The link, a protein called HDAC5, may help...

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...

2011-06-24 17:23:14

Results may provide new strategy to prevent amputations Blood vessels and supporting cells appear to be pivotal partners in repairing nerves ravaged by diabetic neuropathy, and nurturing their partnership with nerve cells might make the difference between success and failure in experimental efforts to regrow damaged nerves, Johns Hopkins researchers report in a new study. About 20 percent of diabetics experience neuropathy, a painful tingling, burning or numbness in the hands and feet that...

2011-06-24 07:52:50

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--Feelings of painful tingling, burning, and numbness in the hands and feet can be reflective of major nerve damage. About twenty percent of diabetics experience these symptoms, know as neuropathy, which can sometimes lead to infections and amputations of the toes, fingers, hands, and feet. However, in a recent study conducted at Johns Hopkins, blood vessels and supporting cells appeared to be pivotal partners in repairing nerves damaged by diabetic neuropathy. Current...

2010-09-27 17:48:10

Unlike nerves of the spinal cord, the peripheral nerves that connect our limbs and organs to the central nervous system have an astonishing ability to regenerate themselves after injury. Now, a new report in the October 1st issue of Cell, a Cell Press publication, offers new insight into how that healing process works. "We know a lot about how various cell types differentiate during development, but after a serious injury like an amputation, nerves must re-grow," said Allison Lloyd of...

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2009-12-31 14:35:00

Cells that protect nerves are the likely origin of the Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) that has been devastating Australia's Tasmanian devil population, an international team of scientists has discovered. Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) is a transmissible cancer that affects only Tasmanian devils and was first reported in 1996. It is spread by biting and quickly kills the animals. The disease is characterized by large tumors, mostly on the face and mouth, which often spread to internal...

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2009-12-02 10:10:00

New study about 'helper' cells has implications for nerve disorders such as multiple sclerosis Glial cells, which help neurons communicate with each other, can leave the central nervous system and cross into the peripheral nervous system to compensate for missing cells, according to new research in the Dec. 2 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The animal study contributes to researchers' basic understanding of how the two nervous systems develop and are maintained, which is essential for...

2009-10-17 09:49:50

The skin's pigment cells can be formed from completely different cells than has hitherto been thought, a new study from the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet shows. The results, which are published in the journal Cell, also mean the discovery of a new kind of stem cell. The body's pigment gives essential protection against UV radiation. It is made up of a substance called melanin, which is produced by pigment cells in the skin called melanocytes. According to the established...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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