Sci/Tech Paralysis inspires MS discovery

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  1. tom_mai78101

    tom_mai78101 The Helper Connoisseur / Ex-MineCraft Host Staff Member

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    "I had a dead leg one Sunday morning and it progressed to full paralysis within two hours," says Dr Denise Fitzgerald, from Queen's University Belfast.

    She was only 21 at the time, but the event helped to inspire the fledgling scientist to crack how the brain is repaired.

    The discovery reported today could potentially help millions of people with multiple sclerosis who have the opposite problem, a rogue immune system attacking part of the brain.

    Dr Fitzgerald's paralysis was caused by a similar condition to multiple sclerosis called transverse myelitis.

    Her spinal cord had been stripped of a fatty substance called myelin - a protective coating that allows electrical signals to travel down nerves.

    It serves the same function as insulation on an electrical cable. Without myelin, her brain could no longer control her body.

    Read more here. (BBC)
  2. Varine

    Varine And as the moon rises, we shall prepare for war

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    Cool information, shitty article. TLDR, stem cells are crucial to curing or making significant recovery in MS.

    But, about a seventh grade biology lesson on what the disease is, none on the 'ethical' problems on why we haven't made significant progress before, and ignores that all of this has been known for at least almost two decades. But, we don't do significant stem cell research, which can solve pretty much every fucking thing.

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