Adult stem cells aid recovery in animal model of cerebral palsy
Adult stem cell therapy quickly and significantly improves recovery of motor function in an animal model for the ischemic brain injury that occurs in about 10 percent of babies with cerebral palsy, researchers report.
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A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study assessing chromium picolinate supplementation in 113 people with atypical depression found that a subset of patients who reported the highest levels of carbohydrate cravings demonstrated significantly greater reductions than the placebo group on four items on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D-29): carbohydrate craving, appetite increase, increased eating, and diurnal variation of feeling (mood variation throughout the day). more
Chronic arthritis pain and the disappointment of u-opioid therapy
Nearly one third of the world's adult population suffers with the pain of arthritis. While NSAIDs and COX-2 inhibitors offer the promise of relief, these drugs also bring the risk of adverse effects, from stomach ulcers to heart attack. Recent studies have suggested the potential of tapping into the body's supply of painkilling peptides as a safe, natural approach to arthritis pain management. more
Newly described syndrome: Family history uncovers syndrome marked by cartilage prone to 'bubbling' and peeling away from the bone
While characteristic of osteoarthritis (OA), a degenerative joint disease that affects some 20 million Americans, cartilage erosion and bone abnormalities are also associated with many rare hereditary conditions. In the October 2005 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the University of California, San Diego, report clinical and laboratory findings regarding a family with a highly unusual and extremely destructive syndrome, marked by fragile articular cartilage with a tendency to "bubble" and peel away from the underlying bone. more
Nerve changes from diabetes begin earlier than previously known
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that subtle change in nerve conduction is the first reliable sign of nerve complications from diabetes and that this change can be measured long before other symptoms or signs of nerve damage develop. more
First report of cancer drug Gleevec as new target therapy for pulmonary hypertension
Gleevec (Imatinib) is a representative of the newest generation of cancer drugs. The substance conveys its potent anti-proliferative effect by selectively supressing the tyrosine kinase pathway. The Giessen lung researchers now issue a first report of this substance as a new target therapy for pulmonary hypertension. more
Frog peptides block HIV in lab study
A new weapon in the battle against HIV may come from an unusual source -- a small tropical frog.
Investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported this month in the Journal of Virology that compounds secreted by frog skin are potent blockers of HIV infection. more