Brain plasticity

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Postby msmything » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:46 am

Ms. Legs, That's a great way to look at it. Bumper people. And they thought I just enjoy their company...
As I zipped through this topic another thought came to mind. I believe alos that there's not much likelihood of nerve regeneration, however, there's no problem with enlisting neighbor nerves to pick up the slack.
I've lost ALOT of muscle mass. While there is obviose fault with the enervation of some muscle fibers, the fibers next door can still respond to stimulus.
While every bone in my body wants to curl up on the couch with exhaustion, I know that will hasten physical disability So I get out the crowbar, and peel my a** off the cushion...
I can feel the benefit of moving my muscles all over, even in my brain
There's lots of studies that show the antiinflammatory effects of exercise.
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Postby sou » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:32 pm


Thanks Chris. I have read many of your posts and I was a fan of your website.

Actually, I am twenty-eight ( 8 was replaced with a smiley!) and this is my 12th year of MS and, maybe, the 17th, since I had double vision when I was 11.

HiCy is an option, of course. But I feel too young to be injected with cyclophosphamide. OTOH, nobody does it here in Greece. In addition, I highly doubt that MS is purely autoimmune, and this is why so many reactivate.

Thanks for your interest. Now, I will have to think what to buy with your 100 bucks! :D

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Postby chrishasms » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:56 pm

Greece is a bummer because most our oversees friends say the options are limited for medical care for MS.

By the way, I am only 33, and there is absolutely no sign I ever had HiCy except for the fact I am better than I was before the treatment. It was just nice to actually recover something I lost.

Now if the recovery was do to Myelin repair, plasticity, or just the MS being dead I have no clue. I tend to think the later needs to happen first for the other two to take place.
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Postby CureOrBust » Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:15 am

Download address is available on the site.
Ebook-Brain Repair (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)
Brain Repair, addresses all relevant issues underlying the mechanisms of brain damage, brain plasticity and post-traumatic reorganisation after CNS lesions. This book is divided the three major sections that follow; cellular and molecular basis of brain repair, plasticity and reorganisation of neural networks, and experimental therapy strategies.

Brain Repair is ritten by high profile, international experts who describe in detail the newest results from basic research and highlight new model systems, techniques and therapy approaches. Based on a careful analysis of the cellular and molecular reaction patterns of the CNS to lesions, the contributions cover possibilities for endogenous reorganisation and repair as well as exciting new therapies emerging from basic research, some of which have already been introduced into the clinics. Thus, this book is unique in bridging the gap between basic and clinical research. It will be a valuable tool for all students, researchers and clinicians interested in understanding the brain’s capacity to cope with lesions and interested in learning about emerging new therapy concepts.
I have not read it, I'm just waiting for someone else to highlight anything of any actual interest in the eBook. :oops:
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Postby CureOrBust » Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:21 am

I never realised how much is on youtube regarding brain plasticity. I was watching a group of programs, when I came to the 4th, which raised the issue of "Negative Brain Plasticity"; ie teaching it bad practices. Interesting, seems obvious, but I think I will pay more attention to the issue in the future.

The Brain Fitness Program ( 4/8 )

PS: Don't get too attached to the series, it comes in 8 parts and is missing the last 2. :(
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Postby CureOrBust » Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:45 pm

I have been very self conscious of things like looking at the ground when I walk or the stairs etc etc. I never realised how much it had become a part of the way I move. I now make sure I look up as much as possible.

I think that this "Negative Brain Plasticity" may be something that affects how well I recover in terms of "normal" movements.
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Postby mrhodes40 » Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:06 pm

Yes i am with you 100% there, once you swing your leg wide to keep from scuffing the foot on the floor, the plastic brain strengthens that particular sequence as it is the used pattern then.

Bad news for the regular muscles and their function hip flexors get weak and the IT bands on the side get strong both in terms of muscles and nerves. Kinda good but kinda bad too. I, too, try not to look down too much to walk :? it's pretty hard!
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