Fasting may boost recovery from spinal injury

<P>By Roxanne Khamsi, October 26, 2006 ( Fasting may improve recovery from spinal cord injury, according to a new rodent study. </P> <P>Injured rats that were only fed on alternate days showed half the spinal cord damage compared with their normally fed counterparts after several months. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that calorie restriction can boost recovery from a variety of injuries.</P> <P>Ward Plunet at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues created lesions in the spinal cords of a group of rats. Half of the animals were able to eat whenever they wanted, while the other “fasting” half were fed only every other day…</P>