What does smell have to do with a spinal cord injury repair? Well, it helped researchers restore feeling and function to a paralyzed nam who is "feeling born again" and walking once more! In your nasal passages there are nerve cells, called olfactory ensheathing cells or OEC's,  they come in contact with scent molecules and report

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Myelin wraps around nerves acting as a protective coating. Until recently, it was thought to have only a protective function for nerves. Researchers at the University of Michigan have been successful in challenging that thought. In genetically engineered mice without myelin, running on a wheel was very difficult. Their motor

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In the past I have written about the potential to use the anesthetic Ketamine for reducing PTSD symptoms, but I have not heard much about the progress on this method.  The Ketamine treatment requires an intravenous administration of the drug.  A group of researchers has conducted a study of administering a different type of anesthetic,

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Researchers from Stanford University have created a very impressive device that can measure pressure.  This tiny pressure sensor is capable of many different applications.  From patients with blood pressure issues, patients with traumatic brain injuries, and patients with prosthetic limbs, this technology has the potential to make the lives of

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Recently researchers at the National Institute of Health (NIH) discovered a surprising fact about brain cells in the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb is responsible for detecting smells and sending signals to the brain through neurons. For years researchers thought that neurons were “born” only during early development but studies

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Scientists in Barcelona have reproduced colon cancer in an unlikley but highly useful model....a fruit fly. Drosophilia, or the common fruit fly, does not have a colon but has intestine that works in a similar way to human colons. Researchers were able to alter two of the most common genes in human colon cancer in the

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Wow.  I just read an article that has my heart pounding.  The article speaks of a newly released book, Rebecca Frankel's War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love.  According to Amazon, the book “offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting, her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world,

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Recently, there's been a lot in the news about Ebola and dogs- particularly, about a dog in Spain named Excalibur, who was euthanized on Wednesday, October 8th. Excalibur was the family pet of a nurse's assistant who is currently being treated after contracting the virus. The question: can dogs carry

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