Sunday, May 27, 2012

Chronic pain is relieved by cell transplantation in lab study

Except from the news story:  In a study, published in the May 24, 2012 issue of Neuron, the scientists transplanted immature embryonic nerve cells that arise in the brain during development and used them to make up for a loss of function of specific neurons in the spinal cord that normally dampen pain signals.

A small fraction of the transplanted cells survived and matured into functioning neurons. The cells integrated into the nerve circuitry of the spinal cord, forming synapses and signaling pathways with neighboring neurons

As a result, pain hypersensitivity associated with nerve injury was almost completely eliminated, the researchers found, without evidence of movement disturbances that are common side effects of the currently favored drug treatment.
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Chronic pain is relieved by cell transplantation in lab study

2 comments:

caryjo said...

I've struggled with depression much of my life... mostly connected to stress and abuse as a kid and sinful world behavior until the Lord broke through those horrible walls. I still deal with depression... but not as major as it could be. [Haven't been suicidal for some years, which is a good thing, doncha think?] Have not struggled with chronic pain. I'm pleased that you are seeking answers and not just sitting back and saying, "Oh, well. Can't be fixed." We never know exactly when and where the answers will come into our path. I hope it all comes to light from our Light and blesses you.

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

Thank you for sharing your experience with depression.

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