Possible nerve regeneration research

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Possible nerve regeneration research

Postby daniel » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:10 pm

Here's some good news for those of us who do have permanent damage from this horrible disease:

It was a humble beginning to a career in neuroscience that led to the University of Ottawa and Harvard University, and the discovery, announced Thursday, of a new way to coax damaged nerves to repair themselves.
Until about the age of two, the neurons in the human brain are still growing, stretching out long arms known as axons to form connections and build networks and circuits. After that, experience and learning shape those connections largely through pruning, said Dr. Smith, now 32 and running her own lab at Carleton University. Superfluous connections are trimmed; those used more frequently are strengthened in a variety of ways that don't involve the growth of axons.
Now, she and colleagues at Harvard have a found a molecule that appears to put the brakes on neuron growth in adult mice.

It is called SOCS3. When the scientists blocked it in adult mice with crushed optic nerves, the damaged neurons began to sprout.

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Postby ozarkcanoer » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:18 pm

Now this is more good news Daniel, and on a different front !! So when/if CCSVI pans out maybe we can stop MS progression and then we may also have something to help repair our poor CNSs (Central Nervous Systems) !!!

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Postby CureIous » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:29 pm

Ew boy this is exciting!
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Postby SandyK » Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:57 pm

This is good news. Nothing I have been doing is working. Steroids and LDN have no effect on me anymore. The damage is so great that I feel like I must have huge gaps in my head. 16 years is long enough!
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Postby danegirl » Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:15 pm

I am not sure about this. I am not a mouse. Experiments with mice cannot be compared to humans. I doubt if they ever can. Scientists "play" with mice, I doubt very much, that it will bring anything in my lifetime.

That is my honest opinion.
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Postby Johnson » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:27 pm

Reefer madness is back (well, this is 4 years old).


'Cannabinoids stimulate new nerve growth in brains'.
My name is not really Johnson. MSed up since 1993
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