Georgia researchers have caused microcephaly by infecting chick embryos with Zika virus. The good news is that such infected chicken eggs could be a quick effective place to test therapeutic compounds to halt fetal brain damage.
With Congenital Zika Syndrome affecting not only the brain, but also the ears and eyes of patients it is important to have properly trained specialists in these fields and others to give them the treatment they need.
The authors assert that “there remains a need to identify inexpensive and non-toxic therapies that target the underlying pathophysiology of autoimmune disorders” and that “Blockade of the opioid growth factor (OGF)-OGF receptor (OGFr) pathway with low dose naltrexone (LDN) has been explored as one such therapy.”
Stroke patients stayed in the rehabilitation facilities for an average of about 16 days, but half of the patients were discharged about one day earlier than expected. Patients without social support were typically associated with lower odds of a short stay in the group of stroke patients.
Scientists are working to identify factors that can accurately predict outcomes for patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). One study found “higher baseline brain volume predicted better long-term clinical outcomes, while larger increases in Expanded Disability Status Scale score during the first 24 months predicted worse outcomes."