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Healing Potential Discovered In Everyday Human Brain Cells (August 16, 2006) University of Florida researchers have shown ordinary human brain cells may share the prized qualities of self-renewal and adaptability normally associated with stem cells. Writing online in Development, scientists from UF's McKnight Brain Institute describe how they used mature human brain cells taken from epilepsy patients to generate new brain tissue in mice.
Brain-computer Link Lets Paralyzed Patients Convert Thoughts Into Actions (July 13, 2006) A multi-institutional team of researchers has found that people with long-standing, severe paralysis can generate signals in the area of the brain responsible for voluntary movement and these signals can be detected, recorded, routed out of the brain to a computer and converted into actions--enabling a paralyzed patient to perform basic tasks.
Uncovering How Bone Marrow Stomal Cells Can Potentially Regenerate Brain Tissue (March 16, 2006) - Japanese researchers have found a piece of the “missing link” about how bone marrow stromal cells restore lost neurologic function when transplanted into animals exhibiting central nervous system disorders, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Researchers To Study Effectiveness Of Stem Cell Transplant In Human Brain (March 11, 2006) Researchers in Doernbecher Children's Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University will begin a Phase I clinical trial using stem cells in infants and children with a rare neurodegenerative disorder that affects infants and children.
Rochester Researchers Delve Into Concussions; Better Tests Needed For Fuller View Of Head Injuries, Study Says (March 1, 2006) Concussion patients with a normal head CT scan may believe they are free of brain injury, but CT scans often miss damage at the molecular level, warns a University of Rochester Medical Center study.
Why The Brain Has 'Gray Matter' (January 12, 2006) — By borrowing mathematical tools from theoretical physics, scientists have recently developed a theory that explains why the brain tissue of humans and other vertebrates is segregated into the familiar "gray matter" and "white matter." > full story
Penn Study Finds Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments Mobilize Stem Cells (December 28, 2005) — According to a study to be published in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulation Physiology, a typical course of hyperbaric oxygen treatments increases by eight-fold the number of stem cells circulating in a patient's body. Stem cells, also called progenitor cells are crucial to injury repair. The study currently appears on-line and is scheduled for publication in the April 2006 edition of the American Journal. > full story
MIT Researcher Finds Neuron Growth In Adult Brain (December 27, 2005) — Despite the prevailing belief that adult brain cells don't grow, a researcher at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory reports in the Dec. 27 issue of Public Library of Science (PLoS) Biology that structural remodeling of neurons does in fact occur in mature brains. This finding means that it may one day be possible to grow new cells to replace ones damaged by disease or spinal cord injury. > full story
OHSU Discovery Sheds Light Into How Stem Cells Become Brain Cells (December 15, 2005) — Researchers discovered one key gene that appears to control how stem cells become various kinds of brain cells. The scientists wanted to determine if the process can be controlled and used as a possible therapy. What amazed them is a single gene may be responsible for this important task The finding has significant implications for the study of Parkinson's disease, brain and spinal cord injury, and other conditions or diseases. > full story
Robotic Treadmill Training Helps Retrain Brain, Improves Walking (November 30, 2005) — People who have suffered partial paralysis from spinal-cord injury show increased activity in the part of the brain responsible for muscle movement and motor learning after 12 weeks of training on a robotic treadmill, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found. > full story
Stroke Treatment A Step Closer After Promising Clinical Trial (October 12, 2005) — A potential new treatment for stroke has taken a major step forward following promising results from the first clinical trial. Researchers at The University of Manchester have shown in laboratory studies that a naturally occurring protein called IL-1ra protects brain cells from injury and death. > full story
Neural Stem Cells Are Long-lived (October 6, 2005) — New studies in mice have shown that immature stem cells that proliferate to form brain tissues can function for at least a year -- most of the life span of a mouse -- and give rise to multiple types of neural cells, not just neurons. The discovery may bode well for the use of these neural stem cells to regenerate brain tissue lost to injury or disease. > full story