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FEBRUARY 2018
Scientists Discover How Immune Cells Clear the Way for Nerve Regeneration After Injury
Scientists discover how immune cells
Immune cells are normally associated with fighting infection but in a new study, scientists have discovered how they also help the nervous system clear debris, clearing the way for nerve regeneration after injury. 

In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers showed certain immune cells can clean up nerve debris, while previous models have attributed nerve cell damage control to other cells entirely.
Join us at our Patient Conference in Washington, DC on March 10th
Patient Conference DC
Registration is now open for our upcoming event. This conference will feature presentations on the latest in PN research, coping skills for patients with painful neuropathies, the role of physical therapy and exercise, and the Peripheral Neuropathy Research Registry (PNRR). A Q&A, along with opportunities to share stories with other patients, will also take place during the program. 
 
To learn more about this conference, please visit our Events page or call 847-883-9942.
Increase Seen in Gabapentinoid Use
Increase Seen in Gabapentinoid Use
From 2002 to 2015, there was a substantial increase in gabapentinoid use, according to a research letter published online on January 2nd in JAMA Internal Medicine.
 
Michael E. Johansen, M.D., from Grant Family Medicine, OhioHealth, in Columbus, characterized the use of gabapentinoids among adults using data from the 2002 to 2015 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Data were included for 346,177 individuals.
MDI Biological Laboratory Discovery Could Lead to New Therapies for Diabetics
MDI Biological Laboratory Discovery Could Lead to New Therapies for Diabetics 
New research has demonstrated that an enzyme previously identified as playing a role in peripheral neuropathy induced by cancer chemotherapy also plays a role in peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes.

Dr. Sandra Rieger (picture on the right) attended our 2016 International Research Symposium, therefore we have been following her progression since she was first awarded the grant in 2016.
 
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FPN Support Groups 
Support Group Events: 
  
Calgary (Alberta) 
Wednesday, February 21st from 12:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
"A Functional Neurological Approach to Neuropathy" with
Dr. James Haxton, Functional Neurologist
 
 
Location: Northmount Baptist Church Hall, 451 Northmount Dr NW

For more information please call (403) 668-9777 or visit
www.calgaryneuropathy.com 
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Houston, TX
Saturday, February 24th from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
"Measuring and Monitoring Your Neuropathy Symptoms" with Loni Mercer, RN
 
Location: Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079      
(Park in the SOUTH parking lot and enter the South East Entrance.) 
 
Austin, TX

Monday, February 26th from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
"Measuring and Monitoring Your Neuropathy Symptoms" with Marty Meraviglia, RN, ACNS-BC, PhD

Location: Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln., Room 150C, Austin 78737

For questions about any of the above meetings, contact the Neuropathy Alliance of Texas at (512) 553-9130 or info@neuropathyalliancetx.org or visit neuropathyalliancetx.org.
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