Saturday, January 12, 2008

Nerve Regeneration May Be Possible Using Protein In Human Hair


Nerve Regeneration May Be Possible Using Protein In Human Hair
A protein found in human hair shows promise for promoting the regeneration of nerve tissue and could lead to a new treatment option when nerves are cut or crushed from trauma.In the current issue of Biomaterials, scientists from Wake Forest University School of Medicine reported that in animal studies the protein keratin was able to speed up nerve regeneration and improve nerve function compared to current treatment options.
Reversal Of Alzheimer's Symptoms Within Minutes
An extraordinary new scientific study, which for the first time documents marked improvement in Alzheimer's disease within minutes of administration of a therapeutic molecule, has just been published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation.
Injecting Genes Into The Brain Helps In Parkinson's
Every day, about every ten minutes, another person in the U.S. is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.* While there is no cure for the shaky hands and loss of muscle control, there may be a new treatment option.
Overactive Nerves May Account For "Ringing In The Ears"
Do your ears ring after a loud concert? Nerves that sense touch in your face and neck may be behind the racket in your brain, University of Michigan researchers say. Touch-sensing nerve cells step up their activity in the brain after hearing cells are damaged, a study by U-M Kresge Hearing Research Institute scientists shows.
Study Shows Link Between TCE Exposure, Parkinsonism
Industrial workers who worked with trichloroethylene (TCE) may face a greater risk for parkinsonism, a study by a team of University of Kentucky researchers shows. The team, led by Don M. Gash and John T.
Nerve-Signal Transmitters Make For Proton-Powered Pooping
Muscles usually contract when a neurotransmitter molecule is released from nerve cells onto muscle cells. But University of Utah scientists discovered that bare subatomic protons can act like larger, more complex neurotransmitters, making gut muscles contract in tiny round worms so the worms can poop.

Potential New Treatments For Huntington's Disease
Working with fruit flies, researchers have discovered a new mechanism by which the abnormal protein in Huntington's disease causes neurodegeneration. They have also manipulated the flies to successfully suppress that neurodegeneration, which they said suggests potential treatments to delay the onset and progression of the disease in humans.
Brain's 'Amnesia Centers' Discovered During Hypnosis Study
Brain scans of hypnotized people that are taken as they forget and are triggered to remember have revealed neural circuitry that is key to the memory suppression and recall process. The researchers who conducted the study said their insights into the memory suppression and recall process may yield insight into the mechanisms underlying amnesia.

Elan, Biogen Idec say safety data continue to support MS treatment ...
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The company said more than 21000 patients were on commercial and clinical Tysabri therapy worldwide as of late-December 2007. Tysabri is a treatment ...
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