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Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.

 
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Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.
A blue dye found in Gatorade and Rocket Pops could play a protective role in the cellular mayhem that follows spinal cord injury. In rats, the dye — known as FD&C Blue No.1 — appears to block a molecule that floods the injury site and kills nerve cells, a team reports in the July 28 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Rats dosed with the dye after injury showed greater improvement in motor skills than rats not receiving the dye. And the food colorant’s low toxicity suggests a new approach for treating spinal cord trauma in humans, injuries for which there are few therapies.

“It’s not a cure,” says neuroscientist Maiken Nedergaard of the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, N.Y., who led the new study. “I don’t think that anything can cure this, but for the patient it could be a big improvement.”

The results are impressive and realistic, comments Lynne Weaver, a neuroscientist at the Robarts Research Institute in London, Canada. Weaver notes that the side effects of any new potential therapy must be considered, but “the principle is interesting.”

ATP, for adenosine triphosphate, is known as the energy currency of cells, and the molecule is used like a battery whenever cells need to get stuff done. But a few years ago Nedergaard and her colleagues reported that ATP has a darker side. It wreaks havoc when the central nervous system is injured, flooding the injury site and hitting a receptor that sits on some immune system cells. ATP binds to this receptor, called P2X7, resulting in a cascade of events that leads to cell death.
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There is a temporary side effect though--it turns the rats blue.
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Re: Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.
:bluedye:
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Re: Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.
Stem cells can cure spinal injuries.
Many have had it done and walk again.
The problem is they have to go to country's not plagued with religious extremists in the government.
And pay lots of money for it.
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Re: Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.
be a smurf bunny xo
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Re: Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.
I mean if the side effect is turning blue for a short time, but the treatment can help I think this could be a break-thru.
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Re: Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.
I hate blue M&Ms. Want mine?

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Re: Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.
I guess Christopher Reeve was eating the red M&Ms..pity.
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Re: Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.
I guess Christopher Reeve was eating the red M&Ms..pity.
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That was so wrong.

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Re: Ingredient in Blue M&Ms may hold key to treating spinal cord injuries.
Agh! Thats a fear I have.

I don't believe they would be advocating dyes to fix med. issues.
Stupendous.

Thanks for story.

Last Edited by ALeopardSanctuary on 07/29/2009 04:00 AM
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