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Chronic pain treatments more effective when taken together, new study shows

... studying other chronic conditions such as cancer, spinal disk disease, and the pain experienced after chemotherapy and mastectomies, Dr. Gilron notes. "The numbers of people affected are staggering, and the impact of the problem is devastating and costly." Diabetic neuropathy occurs in diabetes patient...

Recovered king of beasts returns to his home, thanks to unique operation

...sure on his cerebellum and the upper sector of the spinal cord." This type of damage is known to occur in lions living in captivity and is expressed in abnormal skull growth, exerting pressure on the rear portion of the brain, said Dr. Shamir. A CT exam confirmed that the lion was indeed suffering from a se...

Storage time and temperature effects nutrients in spinach

...da occurs in the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column does not close completely. Carotenoids are most commonly associated with carrots and other red and orange vegetables, and they help support vision and protect eyes from UV damage. According to the FDA, spinach is high in both nutrients. "Some...

Research suggests possible blood test for multiple sclerosis

... central nervous system that affects the brain and spinal cord. It strikes an estimated 250,000 people in the United States and is a major acquired neurologic disease in young adults. Common signs and symptoms of MS include fatigue, psychological and cognitive changes, weakness or paralysis of limbs, numbn...

Neurobehavioral function during coma, stroke rehabilitation effective for elderly

...w test identifies osteoporosis risk in people with spinal cord injury, pg 55 This study evaluates the inf...o identify at-risk groups for osteopenia following spinal cord injury (SCI). Investigators measured the tibia- bending stiffness in 175 able bodied men withou...

Brain imaging studies investigate pain reduction by hypnosis

...t pain signal from a peripheral nerve going to the spinal cord where the information is processed and passed on to the brain stem. From there the signal goes to the mid-brain region and finally into the cortical brain region that deals with conscious perception of external stimuli like pain. Processing of t...

Columbia researchers receive $3 million to combat genetic killer of infants & toddlers

...Muscular Atrophy Foundation to conduct research on spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neuromuscular disease th...he disease in the United States, Europe and Japan, spinal muscular atrophy, once among the least understood diseases in medicine, has recently emerged as one ...

Schepens scientists regenerate optic nerve for the first time

...optic nerve, and hundreds of thousands disabled by spinal cord injuries, "we were hearing stories of soldier...of which the eye and optic nerve are part) and the spinal cord. For all mammals, including human beings, CNS nerves lose their ability to regenerate after inj...

Exercise therapy builds strength, mobility in MS patients

...ective fatty sheath around nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Some patients experience a pattern of disease flare-up followed by disease free periods, while others may have a steady worsening of the disease over time. According to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, between 350,000 and 500,000 people in th...

No increase in C-sections when epidural analgesia given early in labor

...dministered into the space between the wall of the spinal canal and the sheath covering the spinal cord and anesthetize the abdominal, genital and pelvic areas. Spinal injections are administered int...

News tips from the Journal of Neuroscience

...phen W. N. Thompson Regeneration in the CNS after spinal cord injury is limited because of obstacles such as glial scars and myelin-based inhibitory factors. On the other hand, axons in the PNS are much more resilient. This week, Qiu et al. provide evidence for Janus kinase (JAK)signal transducer and activ...

Uric acid may help reduce effects of spinal cord injury, Jefferson researchers find

...secondary" cellular damage that occurs following a spinal cord injury, say researchers at Jefferson Medical ... lead to new treatments for such injuries. After a spinal cord injury, the body's inflammatory response may actually make things worse, releasing a variety of...

Stem cell therapy for spinal injury

...ansplantation of stem cells improves recovery from spinal injury. However, a painful condition can also deve...nning of stem cell therapy trials on patients with spinal injury. Spinal injury confines some 150 Swedes a year to wheelchairs. The damage cause the loss of m...

Infectious agent linked to mad cow disease found in organs other than the brain

...fected. Past research had shown that the brain and spinal cord bear the highest infection risk for BSE, followed by organs such as the spleen, lymph nodes and tonsils. All other organs were thought to be devoid of prions. Ruddle and co-authors analyzed three organ systems that are typically free of prions: ...

Inflammatory cells highly promising target in NF 1

...develop in the brain, on cranial nerves, or on the spinal cord. However, a rare form of the disease occurs i...erves, such as the sciatic nerve that connects the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles. The tumors can interfere with the function of the brain and othe...

News Tips from the Journal of Neuroscience

...e plenty of obstacles to neuron regeneration after spinal cord injury. This week, Fouad et al. adopt a multi...roach to optimize regeneration in adult rats after spinal cord transection....

Promise of 'bladder pacemaker' for people with spinal cord injury

...ol for the more than 200,000 Americans living with spinal cord injury (SCI) or disease-related spinal cord problems. Neural engineer Warren Grill and biomedical engineering doctoral candidate Joseph Bog...

New way to diagnose sciatica may point to a different cause

...phy, all patients received treatment that included spinal surgery, nerve or muscle surgery, open MR guided injections, or non-interventional pain management that included physical therapy and exercise. Among the 62 patients who needed surgery to correct piriformis syndrome, 82 percent had a good or excelle...

Nanoscale diagnostic sets sights on Alzheimer's

...earchers analyzing fluid from around the brain and spinal cord have detected a protein linked in recent studies to Alzheimer's disease. If proven successful in further clinical studies, the procedure could become the first tool for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and the first test to conclusively identify ...

Wisconsin scientists grow critical nerve cells

...s have coaxed human embryonic stem cells to become spinal motor neurons, critical nervous system pathways th...Motor neurons transmit messages from the brain and spinal cord, dictating almost every movement in the body from the wiggling of a toe to the rolling of an ey...

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