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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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Nogo

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,

http://brainmaps.org/

Dom.
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Chlorinative stress

This abstract doesn't directly mention MS, but it did come up in a search about MS. I found the mention of desferrioxamine intriguing because this is a substance which chelates both aluminium and iron from the body tissues so that you excrete them in urine and faeces. Wasn't there some research recently which found high levels of aluminium in the urine of people with RRMS, and high levels of iron in the urine of people ...
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Bullous Pemphigoid

No, I've never heard of it either, but look at the drugs listed in the second link--curious, but I suppose treatments are bound to overlap,

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Dom.
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Different perspective on cause of MS

Here's a researcher after the hearts and minds of ThisIsMS. I've never heard of this way of looking at MS before, and I'm not convinced, but it's good that some researchers are being more creative.



A possible cause and corresponding treatment for inflammatory, auto-immune or auto-aggressive diseases.

Med Hypotheses. 2007 Feb 20;
Gracia MC.
C/ Lopez de Aranda 35, 28027 Madrid, Spain.

This article develops the idea that many inflammatory, auto-immune ...
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Grey matter involvement

Gray matter involvement in multiple sclerosis 27 February 2007
Istvan Pirko, MD, Claudia F. Lucchinetti, MD, Subramaniam Sriram, MD and Rohit Bakshi, MD


From the Department of Neurology (I.P.), University of Cincinnati, OH; Department of Neurology (C.F.L.), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN; Department of Neurology (S.S.), Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN; and Departments of Neurology and Radiology (R.B.), Partners MS Center, Center for Neurological Imaging, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, ...
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Solumedrol

I need to understand this whole solumedrol thing. I am having my first major exacerbation in almost 5 years since my diagnosis. I realize how lucky I am that I have not had to have Solumedrol since thie first go round. I blame it on my being not so lucky as to having to have had 3 surgeries in 2006, with the last being this past November. I believe that is what triggered this flare. ...
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Australian Fellowship

It's always good to hear about new projects starting up in MS research, even if they are only just beginning the fund raising. If MS costs Australia $600 million a year, I can't understand why governments don't pump more money into some of the avenues of research which look promising, but which don't appeal to the big companies because they see little or no profit. Even if you only look at the financial cost, and ...
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