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High blood sugar could worsen effects of spinal injury | Science News

Controlling blood sugar in people with spinal cord injuries might aid in recovery and improve their movement and sensory functions. If such trauma patients arrive in emergency rooms with high blood glucose, they fare worse on average than those with normal levels, Japanese researchers find. And in lab tests, mice with spinal cord damage recover faster if their high blood glucose is regulated with insulin within eight hours of the injury, the team reports in the Oct. 1 Science Translational Medicine.

The findings should clear the way for a study in which patients with a spinal...

Link between depression, abnormal brain response to visceral pain in patients with IBS -- ScienceDaily

High rates of anxiety and depression amongst patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have led many researchers to believe there could be a causal relationship between psychological factors and IBS symptoms. Now, scientists have found clear evidence that patients with IBS process pain signals from the gut abnormally, and that disturbed brain responses to pain are particularly pronounced in patients with more depression symptoms.

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