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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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UK seminar

The UK MS Trust is hosting a seminar in London on stem cells and the future of MS research. Details as follows:

Stem cells and the future of MS research

An MS Trust event

Wednesday 6 September - 7pm
The Royal Society, London
Speakers:

Prof Alistair Compston - University of Cambridge

Prof Neil Scolding - University of Bristol

Chair:

Prof Alan Thompson - Institute of Neurology, London

The headline grabbing but unproven treatments that are ...
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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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Getting appointments for Infusions

I know this has been going on with other posts in this forum. Just thought I would start a new thread so others may see. If you haven't been keeping up on the "Extremely Restless" thread, you are unaware that there are problems to actually getting your Tysabri appointments set up.
Here is Gary's latest update:
Nurse of Neuro called this morning. They are setting up MRI's of the brain for everyone trying for the ...
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