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Articles with the topic: calcium

Turning down the volume with dantrolene helps HD mice

Turning down the volume with dantrolene helps HD mice

Dr Jeff Carroll on December 08, 2011

Calcium might make you think of bones and teeth, but tiny amounts of it are used to send messages in all cells. When these messages are garbled, cells can malfunction or or die. Too much calcium in cells might even contribute to Huntington's disease. A team of scientists in Texas have shown that an anti-calcium drug, a muscle relaxer called dantrolene, protects HD mice from disease symptoms.