Testing method promising for reducing damage in spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis

A medical test previously developed to measure a toxin found in tobacco smokers has been adapted to measure the same toxin in people suffering from spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, offering a potential tool to reduce symptoms.

The toxin, called acrolein, is produced in the body after nerve cells are injured, triggering a cascade of biochemical events thought to worsen the injury’s severity.

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Testing method promising for reducing damage in spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis