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Novel Chinese Herbal Medicine Improves Spinal Cord Recovery

Posted August 20, 2013

A new study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience demonstrates that Chinese herbal medicine Ji-Sui-Kang (JSK), given systemically for three weeks after injury in rats, improved locomotor function, reduced tissue damage, and preserved the structure of neural cells compared to control rats. The report also includes data showing that JSK may first act to reduce inflammation and cell apoptosis and death, and boost local oxygen supply while, later on, it appears to restore function and promote tissue regeneration.

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The effect of Lycium barbarum on spinal cord injury, particularly its relationship with M1 and M2 macrophage in rats

Posted March 22, 2013

Our past researches suggested that L. barbarum exhibits direct neuroprotective and immune regulatory effects on the central nervous system, which are highly related to the events involved in the spinal cord injury, but not yet been investigated. Immune responses play an important role in the development of the pathology after secondary injury, particularly the M1 and M2 types of macrophage, on which special emphasis was laid in this study.

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Curcumin, omega-3s may preserve walking ability post-spinal cord injury

Posted July 3, 2012

UCLA researchers have discovered that a diet enriched with a popular omega-3 fatty acid and an ingredient in curry spice helps to preserve walking ability in rats that have experienced damage to their spinal cords.

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Chronic Spinal Cord Injury And Neuroprotective Dietary Supplements

Posted June 27, 2012

Researchers from the Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology at UCLA have found that a diet enriched with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, and curcumin, a component of the Indian spice turmeric, can protect the injured spinal cord and minimize the clinical and biochemical effects of spinal cord myelopathy in rats.

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Supplement Improves Sports Inflammation

Posted April 30, 2012

A nutritional formula containing branched chain amino acids, taurine, anti-inflammatory plant extract and B vitamins helped improved inflammatory status, strength, power and energy while decreasing pain in active adults participating in a recent study conducted at the Human Performance Laboratory, University of Connecticut. The results were published in the Sept. 7 issue of Nutrition Journal.

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Holistic Sports Psychology: Helping Athletes On and Off the Field

Posted April 30, 2012

In an emerging trend, more sports psychologists are using holistic approaches in their practices to treat the athlete both in and outside of their sport. Athletes go through stressors in their personal lives as well as their athletic lives. Traditional sports psychologists generally just treat the athlete as an athlete. However, more and more sports psychologists with holistic views realize that the athlete is a person first before they are an athlete and should be treated accordingly.

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Dietary Supplement Use by Children and Adolescents in the United States to Enhance Sport Performance

Posted April 30, 2012

Dietary supplements may improve sport performance in adults. However, this has not been established in children. The aim of this study was to assess self-reported or parental-reported dietary supplement use to enhance sports performance among the child subset of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) dataset and determine national population estimates for that use.

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