Monthly Archives: January 2015

Higher dementia risk linked to Ditropan & common drugs

A large study links a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, to taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects at higher doses or for a longer time.  The drugs include oxybutynin (Ditropan) – commonly used by people with…

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Valentine’s Day flowers

The above image provides a snapshot of neural precursor cells (pink and yellow) in a mouse embryo that will mature into different types of spinal cord neurons (blue), depending on the signals they receive. By studying the molecular instructions that…

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Promising 3-month review of neurospinal scaffold

The first subject in InVivo Therapeutic’s ongoing pilot trial for acute spinal cord injury was implanted with a Neuro-Spinal Scaffold on 14 October 2014. In the time between implantation and the 3-month post-injury assessment, there were no reported serious adverse events associated with the…

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The brain thinks, the spinal cord implements

Although the brain or brain stem acts as the command center, it is the neural networks in the spinal cord that actually generate the complex motor patterns. People with spinal cord injuries still have neural connections (so-called locomotion centers) below the…

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