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Experimenting preteens may have different brain processes
Preteens who experiment or explore new things may have brain processes that work differently than those of preteens who do not, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 18-25, 2015. (2015-02-22)

People with multiple sclerosis may have lower levels of key nutrients
Women with multiple sclerosis may have lower levels of important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as folate from food and vitamin E, than healthy people, according to a new study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 18-25, 2015. (2015-02-19)

MS drug Tysabri shows promise in efforts to combat HIV's 'viral reservoirs'
A drug now used to treat Crohn's disease and multiple sclerosis has shown effectiveness in lab experiments in blocking viral reservoirs, which have been tied to illnesses that afflict people living with HIV, Boston College biologists and colleagues reported in the journal PLOS Pathogens. (2015-02-18)

Chicken pox virus may be linked to serious condition in the elderly
A new study links the virus that causes chicken pox and shingles to a condition that inflames blood vessels on the temples and scalp in the elderly, called giant cell arteritis. The study is published in the Feb. 18, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The condition can cause sudden blindness or stroke and can be life threatening. (2015-02-18)

Help for people with muscle cramps?
A new treatment may bring hope for people who suffer from muscle cramps or spasms from neuromuscular disorders, diseases such as multiple sclerosis or simply from nighttime leg cramps that keep people from sleeping, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., April 18-25, 2015. (2015-02-18)

New drug target for multiple sclerosis discovered
Scientists at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health have discovered a promising new approach to treat multiple sclerosis. (2015-02-17)

Scientists uncover marvel molecule that could lead to treatments for inflammatory diseases
The molecule 'blocks' a key biological driver of inflammatory diseases. This discovery could inspire non-invasive treatments for a variety of inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, MS, MND, and Muckle-Wells syndrome. (2015-02-16)

SPARC consortium provides $1.9 million for autoimmune disease research
The first grants from the Strategic Pharma-Academic Research Consortium for Translational Medicine will provide over $1.9 million to advance research on autoimmune disease at several medical research universities across the Midwest. (2015-02-12)

Astronomers catch multiple-star system in first stages of formation
Radio telescopes reveal filaments of gas fragmenting in first step of process that will produce a gravitationally bound multiple-star system in the astronomically short time span of 40,000 years. (2015-02-11)

Stem cell transplants may work better than existing drug for severe multiple sclerosis
Stem cell transplants may be more effective than the drug mitoxantrone for people with severe cases of multiple sclerosis, according to a new study published in the Feb. 11, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2015-02-11)

Exposure to mercury, seafood associated with risk factor for autoimmune disease
Mercury in seafood -- even at low levels generally considered safe -- was associated with autoimmunity. (2015-02-10)

Smoking thins vital part of brain
A major study by an international team including the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and the University of Edinburgh shows new evidence that long-term smoking could cause thinning of the brain's cortex. The cortex is the outer layer of the brain in which critical cognitive functions such as memory, language and perception take place. Interestingly, the findings also suggest that stopping smoking helps to restore at least part of the cortex's thickness. (2015-02-10)

Health-care professionals back overhaul of prescription charging system in England
Two-thirds of primary care health professionals surveyed think that the current exemption criteria for prescription charges in England should be widened to include anyone with a long term condition, reveal the results of a survey commissioned by Drug & Therapeutics Bulletin. (2015-02-04)

Rare neurological disease shines light on health of essential nerve cells
Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease, or PMD, is a devastating neurological condition that, in its most severe form, kills infants weeks after birth. Thirty years ago, UW-Madison neuroscientist Ian Duncan noticed a genetic mutation in dogs that was practically identical to the disease in humans. Now, in the online edition of the journal Neurobiology of Disease, Duncan has laid out the results of his marathon pursuit of PMD. (2015-01-22)

New drug compounds show promise against endometriosis
Two new drug compounds -- one of which has already proven useful in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis -- appear to be effective in treating endometriosis, a disorder that, like MS, is driven by estrogen and inflammation, scientists report in Science Translational Medicine. (2015-01-21)

Sleeping on stomach may increase risk of sudden death in epilepsy
New research shows that stomach sleepers with epilepsy may be at higher risk of sudden unexpected death, drawing parallels to sudden infant death syndrome in babies. The study is published in the Jan. 21, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2015-01-21)

Scientists find gene vital to central nervous system development
Scientists have identified a gene that helps regulate how well nerves of the central nervous system are insulated, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report. (2015-01-21)

Stem cell transplantation shows potential for reducing disability in patients with MS
Results from a preliminary study indicate that among patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), treatment with nonmyeloablative hematopoietic stem cell transplantation was associated with improvement in measures of disability and quality of life, according to a study in the Jan. 20 issue of JAMA. (2015-01-20)

Common gut microbe might curb MS risk -- at least in women
Helicobacter pylori might prove 'hygiene hypothesis' for multiple sclerosis. (2015-01-19)

Depression, behavior changes may start in Alzheimer's even before memory changes
Depression and other behavior changes may show up in people who will later develop Alzheimer's disease even before they start having memory problems, according to a new study published in the Jan. 14, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2015-01-14)

Biogen Idec and Columbia Medical Center to conduct collaborative genetics research
Biogen Idec and Columbia University Medical Center have formed a $30 million strategic alliance to conduct genetics discovery research on the underlying causes of disease and to identify new treatment approaches. (2015-01-09)

Synthetic oil drug may bring promise for Huntington's disease
An early study suggests that a synthetic triglyceride oil called triheptanoin may provide hope for people with Huntington's disease. The study is published in the Jan. 7, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2015-01-07)

HPV vaccination not associated with increased risk of multiple sclerosis
Although some reports have suggested a link between human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and development of multiple sclerosis or other demyelinating diseases -- a group of central nervous system disorders -- a follow-up of girls and women in Denmark and Sweden who received this vaccination found no increased risk for these disorders, according to a study in the Jan. 6 issue of JAMA. (2015-01-06)

Can exercise help people with Parkinson's disease?
Exercise may help people with Parkinson's disease improve their balance, ability to move around and quality of life, even if it does not reduce their risk of falling, according to a new study published in the Dec. 31, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2014-12-31)

Report on remission in patients with MS 3 years after stem cell transplant
Three years after a small number of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) were treated with high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and then transplanted with their own hematopoietic stem cells, most of the patients sustained remission of active relapsing-remitting MS and had improvements in neurological function, according to a study published online by JAMA Neurology. (2014-12-29)

Maternal supplementation with multiple micronutrients compared with iron-folic acid
In Bangladesh, daily maternal supplementation of multiple micronutrients compared to iron-folic acid before and after childbirth did not reduce all-cause infant mortality to age 6 months, but did result in significant reductions in preterm birth and low birth weight, according to a study in the Dec. 24/31 issue of JAMA. (2014-12-23)

Migraine may double risk for facial paralysis
Migraine headache may double the risk of a nervous system condition that causes facial paralysis, called Bell's palsy, according to a new study published in the Dec. 17 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2014-12-17)

Myelin linked to speedy recovery of human visual system after tumor removal
An interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons from the University of Rochester has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor. (2014-12-10)

CWRU nursing school develops how-to exercise pamphlet for people with MS
Fatigue and pain, along with other symptoms, prevent many people with multiple sclerosis from exercising. But a new how-to guide for a home-based exercise program, tested by researchers at Case Western Reserve University's nursing school and the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, offers a way for people with MS to stay more physically active. (2014-12-10)

BUSM researcher receives prestigious Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium award
Carmela Abraham, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and pharmacology at Boston University School of Medicine, was one of six recipients of this year's Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium Award out of nearly 60 applicants. The grant was awarded to her for her work on multiple sclerosis and the role of the life extension protein Klotho in the limited repair of white matter in the disease. (2014-12-05)

New CoMMpass StudyTM data now on Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's Researcher Gateway
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) announced today that new data from the landmark CoMMpass Study™ is now available to researchers via the MMRF's Researcher Gateway, an online, open-access portal designed to make key genomic and clinical data publically available for additional study. (2014-12-04)

Toxin from tobacco smoke could increase pain in spinal cord injury
A neurotoxin called acrolein found in tobacco smoke that is thought to increase pain in people with spinal cord injury has now been shown to accumulate in mice exposed to the equivalent of 12 cigarettes daily over a short time period. (2014-12-03)

New research finds the first evidence of a rogue protein in multiple sclerosis
In a new study published today in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, a team of researchers led by the University of Surrey, have identified a rogue protein in multiple sclerosis, which attacks the body's central nervous system. Researchers believe this finding could pave the way for better understanding of multiple sclerosis and new treatments against neurodegenerative diseases. (2014-12-02)

Researchers identify chemical compound that decreases effects of multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is triggered when the immune system attacks the myelin sheath, the protective covering around the axons of nerve fibers. Currently available therapies are only partially effective in preventing the onset of permanent disability in MS patients. A research team led by the University of California, Riverside has identified a compound that minimizes axon degeneration, reducing the rate and degree of MS progression. This chemical stimulates axon re-sheathing, restoring uninterrupted flow of nerve impulses. (2014-12-01)

Study: Most people with dementia never have screening
The majority of people with dementia have never seen a doctor about their memory and thinking problems, according to a new study published in the Nov. 26, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2014-11-26)

Discovery by NUS researchers contributes towards future treatment of multiple sclerosis
A multi-disciplinary research team from the National University of Singapore has made a breakthrough discovery of a new type of immune cells that may help in the development of a future treatment for multiple sclerosis. (2014-11-24)

Finding 'lost' languages in the brain
An infant's mother tongue creates neural patterns that the unconscious brain retains years later even if the child totally stops using the language, as can happen in cases of international adoption, according to a new joint study by scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital -- The Neuro and McGill University's Department of Psychology. The study offers the first neural evidence that traces of the (2014-11-17)

Study: Vitamin B may not reduce risk of memory loss
Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements may not reduce the risk of memory and thinking problems after all, according to a new study published in the Nov. 12, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study is one of the largest to date to test long-term use of supplements and thinking and memory skills. (2014-11-12)

Penn-Dresden study blocks multiple sclerosis relapses in mice
In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and co-investigators have identified a key protein that is able to reduce the severity of a disease equivalent to multiple sclerosis in mice. (2014-11-11)

Production of human motor neurons from stem cells is gaining speed
Researchers at I-Stem have recently developed a new approach to better control the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells, and thus produce different populations of motor neurons from these cells in only 14 days. This discovery, published in Nature Biotechnology, will make it possible to expand the production process for these neurons, leading to more rapid progress in understanding diseases of the motor system, such as infantile spinal amyotrophy or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. (2014-11-10)

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