2007-05-08 Pregnancy hormone may help with brain injury


(Reuters Health) - In adult patients with traumatic brain injury, treatment with the pregnancy-supporting hormone progesterone may improve outcomes -- especially in cases of moderate injury -- according to a report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

"I'd like physicians to appreciate the excitement and hope of finally identifying an agent for the treatment of traumatic brain injury -- and possibly other neurological injuries such as stroke, spinal cord injury, and multiple sclerosis," Dr. David W. Wright told Reuters Health. "No current therapy exists that improves the outcome of brain injury patients."(Read entire article)

2007-02-23 Pregnancy Hormone May Help Treat MS - Hormone, Called Prolactin, Might Spur Repair of Nerve Damage in Multiple Sclerosis


Prolactin, a pregnancy hormone, may repair nerve damage and might help treat multiple sclerosis (MS), Canadian researchers report.

So far, the scientists -- who work at the University of Calgary -- have only studied prolactin in female mice, not in people.

But they note that MS symptoms often ease in human pregnancy, possibly because of prolactin.

If so, prolactin could hold promise as a treatment for MS, note the researchers, who included Samuel Weiss, PhD.(Read entire article)