Gut Bacteria Play Important Role in Development of Multiple Sclerosis

Researchers from Rutgers first raised genetically engineered mice in a sterile, germ-free environment. None of them developed MS. However, when the predisposed mice were raised in a normal environment, sure enough, they developed the disease, along with bowel inflammation. This tells the researchers that gut bacteria likely play a role in triggering the development of MS.

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Squirrels May Hold the Secret to Stroke Treatment

Hibernating ground squirrels enter a state that’s much like what our brains experience during a stroke. Their blood flow to their brain drops significantly. However, their brains don’t seem to be any worse for the wear once they wake back up. Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke have been trying to figure out how this is possible – and whether the process can be replicated in humans.

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Drug Treatments for Epilepsy Haven’t Improved in Over 30 Years

The Epilepsy Unit of the Western Infirmary in Glasgow, Scotland published a study recently that looked at 1,795 men, women, and children who were newly treated for epilepsy between July 1, 1982, and October 31, 2012. They looked at all of the various drugs and drug combinations that doctors used to treat these patients. They said, “Despite the availability of many new anti-epilepsy drugs with differing mechanisms of action, overall outcomes in newly diagnosed epilepsy have not improved. More than one-third of patients experience epilepsy that remains uncontrolled.” They compared their new data with a study that was published 17 years ago. Despite the fact that over a dozen new anti-epilepsy drugs have been put on the market since then, the results were no better. The prices have sky rocketed, the side effects have increased, but the results are the same.

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