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Immune system and repair of spinal injury

A bit of scientific controversy with MS implications...



Enlisting the immune system to fix broken spines

22 August 2006 -- NewScientist.com -- A vaccination that stimulates immune cell production could be key to enabling people with serious spinal injuries to walk again, researchers say.

However, the study has been criticised by some experts in the neurological field who remain sceptical about the findings.

The controversial research claims come from a team at the Weizmann Institute ...
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QUESTION ABOUT NABS.

what are they trying to say. that the intreferon could be bad for the people using it? i know its a dumb question but im new to the lingo and research. thanks for your help..
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mitochondrial dysfunction

Mitochondrial dysfunction seems to be getting quite a bit of research attention these days, lets hope all the study leads to effective therapies.



Mitochondrial protein nitration primes neurodegeneration in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

J Biol Chem. 2006 Aug 18;
Qi X, Lewin AS, Sun L, Hauswirth WW, Guy J.
Ophthalmology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32605.

The mechanisms of axonal and neuronal degeneration causing visual and neurologic disability in multiple sclerosis are poorly understood. Here we ...
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Remyelination

Now if they could just figure out why this is happening...



Remyelination is extensive in a subset of multiple sclerosis patients.

Brain. 2006 Aug 18;
Patrikios P, Stadelmann C, Kutzelnigg A, Rauschka H, Schmidbauer M, Laursen H, Sorensen PS, Bruck W, Lucchinetti C, Lassmann H.
Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Although spontaneous remyelination does occur in multiple sclerosis lesions, its extent within the global population with this disease is presently ...
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Hughes Syndrome

I'd never heard of this before either until I saw this on the BBC web site.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/5273968.stm

John Simper, 60, from Ipswich, is convinced he has been suffering from Hughes Syndrome which thickens the blood and slows down the brain.

This condition, discovered in 1993, mimics MS but can be easily treated with blood thinning drugs or aspirin.

Mr Simper has now started a crusade to make the condition more well known.
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Immune system

Dear all,

Here is an easy to read intro about the immune system and MS - with some nice pictures.

Ian

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/IMSAug ... nflict.asp
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Sept. '06 Vitamin D Article

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good info on genetics and MS

Don't know if this has been posted before, but the link below goes to a long, dense webpage on genetics and other aspects of multiple sclerosis courtesy of the "Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man" site from Johns Hopkins. It's good bedtime reading if you're trying to get over insomnia...but a good reference anyway.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/disp ... ?id=126200
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ECTRIMS 2006

Dear all,

The ECTRIMS conference takes place at the end of September. The Boston Cure Project attends the conference and produces a summary which I will copy across to this site. The number of subjects covered in the conference is mind-boggling. Clicking on 'scientific programme' provides details of the presentations and posters. In terms of treatments, data will be presented on a range of drugs including new formula Rebif, FTY720 and Mitoxantrone.

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Just ...
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Pregnancy and arthritis

A reader of the site Chris wanted me to post this article from the Seattle Times. It's very interesting and maybe will have some effect on the research of pregnancy and MS too.

Hutch experts discover why pregnancy curbs arthritis
By Warren King

Seattle Times medical reporter


Denise Swanson, a special-education teacher in Seattle, says all of the symptoms of her rheumatoid arthritis disappeared when she was pregnant.

Rheumatoid arthritis like Denise Swanson's can be ...
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