In the News with Analysis - Activation-Dependence

John H. johnhkm at
Fri Sep 13 14:26:53 EST 2002

Not that new. I remember reading one article about children with damaged optic nerves, over many years there is a slow recovery of minimal vision, those neurites ever reaching forward for something, anything. There are, however, an interesting series of research articles showing how much protection can be achieved from injury, but it has to be within a matter of hours. 

  "Kenneth Collins" <k.p.collins at> wrote in message news:Noeg9.26644$jG2.1924714 at
  "Christopher Reeve Regains Some Movement, Doctor Says", By SANDRA BLAKESLEE

  "`He did what everybody thought was not possible,' said the doctor, John W. McDonald, an assistant professor of neurology and director of the spinal cord injury program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who designed the therapy for Mr. Reeve and described it in an article in the current issue of The Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. `He had the highest level of injury and no recovery for five years. Now he's improving every day.' "

  [Quote Copyright 2002, by The New York Times.]

  This is exciting - externally-imposed activation-dependent, and driven, trophic dynamics(?).

  It's activation-dependence all the way down.

  I'm 'embarassed' that, in my own 'blind'-automation, I didn't predict the specific aplication you've Discovered, Dr. McDonald. Good for you, and good for Mr. Reeves, 'cause his tenacious-persistence surely carried things 'over the crator's rim'.

  k. p. collins
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