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April 2017
PN Awareness Week

Neuropathy Awareness week is May 7-13, 2017. There are lots of ways you can get involved to engage your community and inform them about this significant public health issue:
  • Do you go someplace to exercise? Ask your gym and/or fitness center to display the attached Neuropathy Awareness Week Flyer.
  • Ask your fitness or physical therapy center to designate that week for charitable donations to FPN.
  • Start a Facebook Fundraiser for FPN. For instructions click here.
  • Pass out our Neuropathy Awareness Week flyer and ask to have it displayed at the office of your doctor, physical therapist, chiropractor, and acupuncturist. Maybe your local health food store, coffee shop or community center would hang one up.
  • Share our Facebook post and temporarily change your profile picture in support of Neuropathy Awareness Week.
  • Ask your local radio and TV stations to announce the week as a public service announcement.
  • Does your employer match donations? This would be a great week to make a donation to FPN and make it worth twice as much!

Click here to print the flyer on our website! 

Nerve Cells Can Be Switched on to Repair Damage
Nerve Cells Can be Switched
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin have found a way to coax peripheral nerve cells into repairing damaged axons. They conducted an experiment in mice with both intact axons and axons which had been cut. Using a method for switching on genes, they saw Schwann cells become more active, but only in the injured rodents. Lead researcher John Svaren, a professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Wisconsin, says it's not clear that this single on-off pathway works to regenerate all axonal nerve cell damage. But he's hopeful that it's a key repair mechanism, not only within the peripheral nervous system but for nerve damage within the brain. To read more click here! 
Getting Smart About Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and University of Arizona found that using smart insoles and smartwatch technology to alert patients of harmful plantar pressures was effective in encouraging people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy into compliance with wearing protective footwear. Researchers note that this study needs to be followed up with a larger sample size study over a longer period of time to confirm the results, but could potentially have a significant impact on the prevention of foot ulcers and limb amputation for those with diabetes. To read more click here
Vitamin B3 Prevents Nerve Pain Caused by Cancer Drugs
A new study in rats suggests that nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3, may be useful for treating or preventing nerve pain (neuropathy) caused by chemotherapy drugs. The findings by researchers at the University of Iowa were published recently in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain (PAIN) and lay the groundwork for testing whether this nutritional supplement can reduce nerve pain in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. To read more click here!   
Antidepressants and Anti-Seizure Drugs Can Effectively Treat Diabetic Nerve Pain, Research Finds
Antidepressants _ Anti-Seizure Drugs
A federal health agency has found certain antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs are among medications that effectively treat diabetic nerve pain. Researchers found moderate evidence that the antidepressants duloxetine and venlaxine, which act as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, were effective in reducing neuropathy-related pain.  
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