April 19, 2016 At a Glance A study in mice suggests that scar formation may help, not hinder, nerve regrowth after spinal cord injury. The findings, which contradict previous dogma, could lead to new strategies to encourage nerve fibers to regrow across spinal lesions. Previously injured axons (red) can grow through a dense astrocyte scar
Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 11 a.m. EDT NIH scientists identify a transport defect in a model of familial ALS A healthy motor neuron needs to transport its damaged components from the nerve-muscle connection all the way back to the cell body in the spinal cord. If it cannot, the defective components pile up and the
March 23,2015 NIH Research Matters Age-related brain lesions known as white matter hyperintensities have been linked to movement problems and disabilities later in life. These lesions, which appear as bright spots on MRI images, can be used as a proxy measure of brain white matter disease. They are thought to reflect small blood vessel disease,
National Institutes of Health - Nature, November 24, 2013, Dr. Richard Youle, NINDS investigator, a leader of the study NIH study sheds light on treatment of related disorders Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have used RNA interference (RNAi) technology to reveal dozens of genes which may represent new therapeutic targets for treating Parkinson’s disease.