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Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, which transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body.

More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified, each with its own characteristic set of symptoms, pattern of development, and prognosis. Impaired function and symptoms depend on the type of nerves -- motor, sensory, or autonomic -- that are damaged. Some people may experience temporary numbness, tingling, and pricking sensations, sensitivity to touch, or muscle weakness. Others may suffer more extreme symptoms, including burning pain (especially at night), muscle wasting, paralysis, or organ or gland dysfunction. Peripheral neuropathy may be either inherited or acquired. Causes of acquired peripheral neuropathy include physical injury (trauma) to a nerve, tumors, toxins, autoimmune responses, nutritional deficiencies, alcoholism, and vascular and metabolic disorders. Acquired peripheral neuropathies are caused by systemic disease, trauma from external agents, or infections or autoimmune disorders affecting nerve tissue. Inherited forms of peripheral neuropathy are caused by inborn mistakes in the genetic code or by new genetic mutations.
CeNeRx BioPharma awarded patent for novel compounds that selectively target peripheral cannabinoid receptors

CeNeRx BioPharma awarded patent for novel compounds that selectively target peripheral cannabinoid receptors

Trial of Quadramet (153 Samarium-lexidronam) in combo with Velcade shows positive results

Trial of Quadramet (153 Samarium-lexidronam) in combo with Velcade shows positive results

Diabetics with previous foot ulcers may be able to participate in walking program

Diabetics with previous foot ulcers may be able to participate in walking program

Proteolix announces positive data for carfilzomib in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma

Proteolix announces positive data for carfilzomib in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma

Discovery of MEDNIK syndrome

Discovery of MEDNIK syndrome

FDA lifts clinical hold on Genta's Tesetaxel

FDA lifts clinical hold on Genta's Tesetaxel

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals to present data on Ortataxel in breast cancer at major oncology meeting

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals to present data on Ortataxel in breast cancer at major oncology meeting

Mutations in a protein called dynein may cause inherited neuropathy

Mutations in a protein called dynein may cause inherited neuropathy

New way to detect neuropathy

New way to detect neuropathy

Lenalidomide - dexamethasone combination effective against multiple myeloma

Lenalidomide - dexamethasone combination effective against multiple myeloma

Outbreak of an unknown disease in Angola

Outbreak of an unknown disease in Angola

FDA approves approved Ixempra (ixabepilone) for advanced breast cancer

FDA approves approved Ixempra (ixabepilone) for advanced breast cancer

ReBuilder Medical Technologies secures license to manufacture electronic molluscum contagiosum treatment system

ReBuilder Medical Technologies secures license to manufacture electronic molluscum contagiosum treatment system

EpiCept to conduct Phase III study of EpiCept NP-1 for treatment of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy

EpiCept to conduct Phase III study of EpiCept NP-1 for treatment of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy

Scientists identify gene responsible for one type of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder

Scientists identify gene responsible for one type of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder

Gene therapy provides hope for peripheral neuropathy

Gene therapy provides hope for peripheral neuropathy

Sangamo BioSciences starts phase 2 trial of therapy diabetic neuropathy

Sangamo BioSciences starts phase 2 trial of therapy diabetic neuropathy

Single master gene crucial for nerve cell insulation

Single master gene crucial for nerve cell insulation

Federal agencies sued over medical Marijuana statements

Federal agencies sued over medical Marijuana statements

Marijuana gives relief from chronic pain for AIDS sufferers

Marijuana gives relief from chronic pain for AIDS sufferers