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Clues to MS May Lurk in Gut Bacteria

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Certain types of bacteria in the gut may play a role in the progression of multiple sclerosis, according to researchers working with mice. The research, the study authors believe, could lead to new ways to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune neurodegenerative disease that affects about 2.5 million people worldwide. "The [gut] microbiome is very malleable," ...

Specially Designed Video Game Might Ease 'Phantom Limb' Pain

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 1, 2016 – Amputees who experience what is known as phantom limb pain may benefit from playing a virtual reality game that simulates the movement of missing limbs, a small study suggests. "Phantom limb pain is a difficult condition to treat that can seriously hinder patients' quality of life," said study lead author Max Ortiz Catalan. He is an assistant professor at Sweden's ...

Nerve Stimulation Restored Sense of Touch to Arm Amputees

Posted 26 Oct 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 – Direct stimulation of the nervous system produced realistic sensations of touch in two arm amputees, researchers report. Both men lost their arms after traumatic injuries. They received implanted devices containing electrodes that were attached to the nerves of the arm. These nerves would normally carry signals to and from the hand. "If you want to create a dexterous ...

Case Study Links New Neurological Complication to Zika

Posted 31 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – While news reports about Zika have mainly focused on how the virus affects developing fetuses, researchers have identified an adult man with a previously unreported neurological problem tied to the virus. The Zika virus has already been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, in which a baby has an underdeveloped head and brain, and Guillain-Barre syndrome. ...

Study: Causes of Gulf War Illness Pinpointed

Posted 2 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Exposure to pesticides and other toxins appears to be the cause of Gulf War illness in U.S. veterans, a new analysis states. The Boston University researchers reviewed studies on Gulf War illness, and said their findings "clearly and consistently" show a link between the disorder and exposure to pesticides and taking pyridostigmine bromide (PB) pills, which were meant to ...

Paralyzed Man Walks Using Technology That Bypasses Spinal Cord

Posted 24 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 – A paralyzed 26-year-old man has walked for the first time in five years, thanks to an electrical system that connects his brain and legs, bypassing his injured spine, researchers are reporting. The unidentified man is the first person to show that a system like this might help people with a spinal cord injury regain some ability to walk, the researchers said. "The work ...

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