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Neuropathic Pain: 2009 Archive

The Sea Provides A New Hope of Relief

A compound initially isolated from a soft coral (Capnella imbricata) collected at Green Island off Taiwan, could lead scientists to develop a new set of treatments for neuropathic pain – chronic pain that sometimes follows damage to the nervous system. Currently this form of pain is very poorly controlled by the usual analgesics (aspirin like drugs (NSAIDS) or even opiods like morphine) and novel treatments are urgently required.

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Source: Science Daily

Less sweat, more neuropathy

A novel technique to measure the density of autonomic nerve fibers that innervate sweat glands could help determine the extent and pregression of peripheral neuropathy. “We could already quantify small sensory fibers using intra-epidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) analysis of skin biopsies but, until now, had no means to quantify autonomic nerve fibers….” explains Roy Freeman, MD (Center for Autonomic and Peripheral Nerve Disorders, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA)

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Source: Nature News/Neurology

Study May Redefine How A Chronic Autoimmune Disease Is Diagnosed

New research from Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience (JHN) may redefine how Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) is diagnosed.

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Source: Science Daily

Capsaicin: Risks and Benefits 

Capsaicin is currently used in topical form for postherpetic neuralgia. This medication is also used on the skin to relieve pain conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis, or diabetic neuropathy. With chronic exposure to capsaicin, neurons are depleted of neurotransmitters, and this leads to a reduction in sensation of pain and a blockage of neurogenic inflammation.

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Source: US Pharmacist

Lyme Disease is Spreading in Canada, And Physicians Are Crucial In Helping Minimize Its Impact 

Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks which feed on animal or human hosts. It begins with a skin lesion that expands, and if left untreated, can result in facial palsy, meningitis, cardiac issues and progress to nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord (encephalomyelitis).

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Source: Science Daily

Neuropathy Patients, Doctors, and Medical Professionals Rally in Sacramento to Demand… 

Neuropathy Action Awareness Day, sponsored by the Neuropathy Action Foundation (NAF) and the Alliance for Plasma Therapies (APT), gathered patients, physicians and medical professionals and respresentatives from other organizations including The Neuropathy Association, Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy and International Pemphigus and Phemphigoid Foundation to learn about neuropathy and to promote awareness of the disease.

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Source: Reuters