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Mice point to a therapy for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
Aug 02, 2011
VIB researchers have developed a mouse model for Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy. They also found a potential therapy for this incurable disease. The treatment not only halted the damage to the nerves and the atrophy of the muscles, it even succeeded in reversing the symptoms.
Diabetes drug may help prevent neuropathic pain
Jul 26, 2011
The diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) can control inflammation leading to nerve damage and abnormal pain responses, suggests a paper in the August issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.
Breathing restored after spinal cord injury in rodent model
Jul 13, 2011
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine bridged a spinal cord injury and biologically regenerated lost nerve connections to the diaphragm, restoring breathing in an adult rodent model of spinal cord injury. The work, which restored 80% to more than 100% of breathing function, will be published in the online issue of the journal Nature July 14.
Flavonoids could represent 2-fisted assault on diabetes and nervous system disorders
Jun 28, 2011
A recent study from scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies suggests that a strawberry a day (or more accurately, 37 of them) could keep not just one doctor away, but an entire fleet of them, including the neurologist, the endocrinologist, and maybe even the oncologist.
To fix diabetic nerve damage, blood vessels and support cells may be the real targets of treatment
Jun 24, 2011
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.
Mystery ingredient in coffee boosts protection against Alzheimer disease
Jun 22, 2011
A new Alzheimer mouse study by researchers at the University of South Florida has found that a yet unidentified component of coffee interacts with the beverage's caffeine to boost blood levels of a critical growth factor that seems to fight off the Alzheimer disease process.
Free DVD and guidebook answer questions for patients with diabetic nerve pain
May 06, 2011
Actor Jerry Mathers is the host of the American Academy of Neurology Foundation’s latest patient education video and guidebook, Diabetic Nerve Pain: A Guide for Patients and Families. The video and guidebook are aimed at answering important questions for people who suffer from nerve pain due to diabetes and can be viewed and downloaded for free.
AAN issues new guideline on best treatments for diabetic nerve pain
Apr 15, 2011
The American Academy of Neurology has issued a new guideline on the most effective treatments for diabetic nerve pain. The guideline is published in the April 11, 2011, online issue of Neurology®.
Experimental Alzheimer disease drugs might help patients with nerve injuries
Apr 13, 2011
Drugs already in development to treat Alzheimer disease may eventually be tapped for a different purpose altogether: regrowing the ends of injured nerves to relieve pain and paralysis.
Feet first? Old mitochondria might be responsible for neuropathy in the extremities
Mar 04, 2011
The burning, tingling pain of neuropathy may affect feet and hands before other body parts because the powerhouses of nerve cells that supply the extremities age and become dysfunctional as they complete the long journey to these areas, Johns Hopkins scientists suggest in a new study.
AAN guideline: plasma exchange effective in treating multiple sclerosis relapses, neuropathies
Jan 18, 2011
A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology recommends using plasma exchange to treat people with severe relapses in multiple sclerosis and related diseases, as well as those with certain kinds of neuropathies.