Navigation Links
Spinal cord, heal thyself
Date:6/26/2012

UCLA researchers discovered that a diet enriched with a popular omega-3 fatty acid and an ingredient of curry spice preserved walking ability in rats with spinal-cord injury. Published June 26 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, the findings suggest that these dietary supplements help repair nerve cells and maintain neurological function after degenerative damage to the neck.

"Normal aging often narrows the spinal canal, putting pressure on the spinal cord and injuring tissue," explained principal investigator Dr. Langston Holly, associate professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "While surgery can relieve the pressure and prevent further injury, it can't repair damage to the cells and nerve fibers. We wanted to explore whether dietary supplementation could help the spinal cord heal itself."

The UCLA team studied two groups of rats with a condition that simulated cervical myelopathy a progressive disorder that often occurs in people with spine-weakening conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Cervical myelopathy can lead to disabling neurological symptoms, such as difficulty walking, neck and arm pain, hand numbness and weakness of the limbs. It's the most common cause of spine-related walking problems in people over 55.

The first group of animals was fed rat chow that replicated a Western diet high in saturated fats and sugar. The second group consumed a standard diet supplemented with docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, and curcumin, a compound in turmeric, an Indian curry spice. A third set of rats received a standard rat diet and served as a control group.

Why these supplements? DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid shown to repair damage to cell membranes. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant that previous studies have linked to tissue repair. Both reduce inflammation.

"The brain and spinal cord work together, and years of research demonstrate that supplement
'/>"/>

Contact: Elaine Schmidt
eschmidt@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-2272
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Range of diagnostic spinal fluid tests needed to differentiate concurrent brain diseases
2. Spinal cord injury researchers win Apple Award for article on niacin for dyslipidemia
3. Severely Obese Have More Complications With Spinal Surgery
4. Re-Routing Spinal Cord Signals Restores Movement in Paralyzed Rats
5. Magnets may help prevent rare complication of spinal anesthesia
6. Surgeon experience affects complication rate of spinal stenosis surgery
7. Researchers determine pathway for origin of most common form of brain and spinal cord tumor
8. Cedars-Sinai researchers, with stem cells, advance understanding of spinal muscular atrophy
9. Flu Season Was One of Mildest on Record, CDC Confirms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/29/2014)... (PRWEB) July 29, 2014 Launched in ... Heaven surpassed 20,000 hangovers earlier this year at ... prepares for expansion and the publication of research data ... the medical practice. , The only licensed medical practice ... Hangover Heaven launched in 2012 and treated thousands of ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... Recently, Stwd.co.uk, a distinguished online supplier of ... evening dresses . As a summer special offer, all these ... 70 percent off. All new and old customers can enjoy ... proud to announce the new evening outfits. They want to ... feel happy to launch the big sale. Our cheap evening ...
(Date:7/29/2014)... July 29, 2014 The Marietta cosmetic ... teeth whitening for high school and college students ... The teeth whitening is a safe, professional strength system, ... better confidence for students at these important stages in life. ... but have never had their teeth whitened. "After braces, ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... FL (PRWEB) July 29, 2014 Treat skin ... from Sublime Beauty®. , Today and tomorrow only (while ... SALGWFT5. , "The cleanser is ideal for two specific users: ... keep pores unclogged and bacteria free, and , 2) aging ... skin tone," says Kathy Heshelow, founder of Sublime Beauty®. , ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... 2014 A leading proposal to temporarily ... trust fund by reallocating payroll taxes has virtually no ... The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) . Less ... from the Social Security retirement trust fund to pay ... disability program’s financing. “TSCL believes this ‘band aid’ approach ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Hangover Heaven Surpasses 20,000 Hangovers 2Health News:Hangover Heaven Surpasses 20,000 Hangovers 3Health News:Cheap Prom Dresses Available At Popular Online Store Stwd.co.uk 2Health News:Back to School Teeth Whitening Extravaganza For High School Students and Collegiates During August 2014 2Health News:Back to School Teeth Whitening Extravaganza For High School Students and Collegiates During August 2014 3Health News:Clear, Clean Skin With the New Salicylic Wash from Sublime Beauty®; Enlivens Skin, Unclogs Pores 2Health News:The Senior Citizens League Finds No Support Among Seniors for Likely Disability Trust Fund Fix 2Health News:The Senior Citizens League Finds No Support Among Seniors for Likely Disability Trust Fund Fix 3
... friends of patients towards phoning them at their beds in hospitals.// ... reductions in the phone charges as well as relaxing bans on ... found that charges as high as 1.50 pounds a minute were ... the hospital bedside phone service says its top rate is 49 ...
... government has filed police complaints against 21 doctors alleged ... foeticide.// ,The director of family welfare, acting on ... against the doctors with the Ashok Nagar police station ... filed FIRs (first information reports) against 21 doctors working ...
... the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology states that 10% or ... morning-after pill at local pharmacies //as they have the advantage ... Primary Care Trust and the University of Bradford looked at ... medication from family planning clinics and community pharmacies. ...
... The UK Department of Health will encourage women to give birth ... option. //It said that it wanted to dispel myths that a ... world. ,Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has already taken the ... can be made comfortable at home. 'We are committed to offering ...
... minister made a public confession, during his speech at the ... that he had spent precious// five years in the throes ... admit that he is also gay, the minister spoke of ... up only due to courage and conviction. , ,"It ...
... to a study conducted by the researchers of Obstetricians and ... among obese pregnant women// can be tiresome and complicated. They ... and svelte. In case of obese pregnant women it takes ... study results were presented at the annual meeting of the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Patients Indignant at Exorbitant Phone Bills from Hospital 2Health News:Morning-After Pill At The Local Pharmacy Could Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies 2Health News:Morning-After Pill At The Local Pharmacy Could Prevent Unwanted Pregnancies 3
(Date:7/28/2014)... July 28, 2014  Some 2,500 scientists and experts ... Montreal for the largest international ... discipline that draws researchers from fields as far flung ... diverse as designing new manufacturing processes to creating life-saving ... time because the United Nations has declared 2014 the ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... Pa. , July 28, 2014  Air Products ... uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen is vital to any ... technical innovations that not only improve the efficiency of ... Air Products will highlight these systems—including systems for ... reduce oxygen loss—from August 4-5 at the 51 ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... Colo. , July 28, 2014  Array ... financial results for the fourth quarter and ... a conference call to discuss those results ... Chief Executive Officer and Michael Carruthers ... call.Conference Call InformationDate:Tuesday, August 12, 2014Time:9:00 a.m. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:All About Crystals: Tiny, Giant, from Mars, from Earth's Mantle, in Medicine and in Manufacturing 2All About Crystals: Tiny, Giant, from Mars, from Earth's Mantle, in Medicine and in Manufacturing 3All About Crystals: Tiny, Giant, from Mars, from Earth's Mantle, in Medicine and in Manufacturing 4All About Crystals: Tiny, Giant, from Mars, from Earth's Mantle, in Medicine and in Manufacturing 5All About Crystals: Tiny, Giant, from Mars, from Earth's Mantle, in Medicine and in Manufacturing 6Air Products Highlights Its Medical Oxygen Supply Systems for Emergency Oxygen Supply and Reduced Oxygen Loss at ASHE 2Air Products Highlights Its Medical Oxygen Supply Systems for Emergency Oxygen Supply and Reduced Oxygen Loss at ASHE 3
... Gen-Probe Incorporated,(Nasdaq: GPRO ) announced today that the ... Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at,approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time ... at 4:30 p.m. ET hosted by Henry L. Nordhoff,chairman, ... president, finance, and chief financial officer. The conference ...
... 11 Nile Therapeutics,Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NILT), today ... Nile,s selective NPR-B agonist being developed for,the treatment of ... included,in the Company,s presentation today at the BIO Investor ... peptide that has natriuretic and renal effects,with relatively little ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Gen-Probe Announces Webcast of Third Quarter 2007 Earnings Conference Call 2UPDATE: Nile Therapeutics Announces Positive Phase 1a Results of CD-NP, a Selective NPR-B Agonist in Clinical Development for the Treatment of Heart Failure 2UPDATE: Nile Therapeutics Announces Positive Phase 1a Results of CD-NP, a Selective NPR-B Agonist in Clinical Development for the Treatment of Heart Failure 3UPDATE: Nile Therapeutics Announces Positive Phase 1a Results of CD-NP, a Selective NPR-B Agonist in Clinical Development for the Treatment of Heart Failure 4
... 36 fume containment system unit ... blower unit location on the ... back for added flexibility. (For ... see link below.) Filters ...
Reusable shielded cable...
... test provides rapid detection of group ... or vaginal swabs from intrapartum maternity ... at the time of labor and ... additional information for patient management decisions ...
... Group A Strep test delivers excellent sensitivity and ... with a simple, easy-to-use test that provides an ... services enable you to provide improved patient care ... of waived laboratories. Find out what value we ...
Medicine Products: