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Introducing our new Volunteer Moderator

Hi all,

As many of you have noticed, one of our community members has stepped up recently to help moderate our forums. That member is NHE, and I want to formally introduce and thank NHE for his efforts.

NHE has been with us since late 2004 (has it been that long already?!), and has always been willing to offer a helping hand as well as uncover helpful research for others. He is the type of ...
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New cells, old brains

This article prompted a probably-irrelevant thought: within a few years of diagnosis, both Mum and I lost much of our sense of smell...does this sound familiar to anyone?


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I thought I'd posted this yesterday, but it disappeared. Article mentions Sphingolipids as an agent for neuronal growth/death:

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Inflammation vs. neurodegeneration


as some of you might remember, after a serious disagreement on this board eighteen months ago, I got angry and removed all my messages. After reposting one of them few days ago, I checked them all to see if there was something else worth reposting. IMO, there was. As a member of "MS is not an autoimmune disease -camp" I'd like to share following two posts with you again.

The first post underlines the ...
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Blood tests

I have some questions for all of you experts about my latest blood test. The idiot intern doctor left a message on my machine that everything was fine. I got a copy today because I want to bring it to my neurologist to ask about Vit D levels. One of my liver enzymes-GOT/AST-was high. Not exceedingly, but high all the same. This kind of freaked me out as I'm supposed to do my shot tonight. ...
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Neuronal Damage in Brain Inflammation

Neuronal Damage in Brain Inflammation

Orhan Aktas, MD; Oliver Ullrich, MD; Carmen Infante-Duarte, PhD; Robert Nitsch, MD; Frauke Zipp, MD

Arch Neurol. 2007;64:185-189.


In contrast to traditional textbook paradigms, recent studies indicate neuronal damage in classic neuroinflammatory diseases of the brain, such as multiple sclerosis or meningitis. In these cases, immune cells invade the central nervous system compartments, accompanied by a massive breakdown of the blood-brain barrier and typical changes of the cerebrospinal fluid. ...
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Brain research

Another nice illustration of how much we're learning and how our understanding of the brain is evolving.

Brain works more chaotically than previously thought

March 1, 2007 - The brain appears to process information more chaotically than has long been assumed. This is demonstrated by a new study conducted by scientists at the University of Bonn. The passing on of information from neuron to neuron does not, they show, occur exclusively at the synapses, i.e. ...
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Calcium ions and the brain

Interesting research that could have MS implications.

Calcium is spark of life, kiss of death for nerve cells

March 1, 2007 -- Oregon Health & Science University research shows how calcium regulates the recharging of high-frequency auditory nerve cells after they've fired a burst of signals, and it may have implications for neurological disorders.

The study by scientists at OHSU's Vollum Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which appears in the current ...
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Enabling nerve regeneration means evicting the cleanup crew

Macrophages are the immune cells that engulf and destroy the debris of damaged tissue to enable the healing process to begin. Their presence at the scene of damage is critical, but once their task is complete, it is just as critical that macrophages exit rapidly, ending the inflammatory process and making way for regrowth. In fact, the continued presence of macrophages could damage tissue, compromising repair. ...
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Google brain!

An interesting, but oddly unnerving, look at the brain--but it may prove useful to researchers,

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