Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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New Possibility of Reversing Damage Caused by Multiple Sclerosis

ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2010) — Damage caused by multiple sclerosis could be reversed by activating stem cells that can repair injury in the central nervous system, a study has shown.
Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh have identified a mechanism essential for regenerating insulating layers -- known as myelin sheaths -- that protect nerve fibres in the brain. In additional studies in rodents, they showed how this mechanism can be exploited to make the brain's own stem cells better able to regenerate new myelin.
In multiple sclerosis, loss of myelin leads to the nerve fibres in the brain becoming damaged. These nerve fibres are important as they send messages to other parts of the body.
The scientists believe that this research will help in identifying...Read More
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