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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

New Hope for Lou: Unexplored Therapeutic Targets for ALS

Sep. 3, 2015 — No cures exist for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and the only approved therapy slows the progression by only a few months. A new study identifies a promising unexplored avenue of treatment for ... read more

Effect of Presymptomatic BMI, Dietary Intake, Alcohol on ALS

Aug. 17, 2015 — Presymptomatic patients with the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) consumed more daily calories but had lower body-mass index (BMI) than those individuals without ALS in a ... read more

Neurons' Broken Machinery Piles Up in ALS

Aug. 12, 2015 — Researchers have learned how a mutation in the gene for superoxide dismutase 1, which causes ALS, leads cells to accumulate damaged materials. The study suggests a potential target for treating this ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Autopsies of nearly every patient with the lethal neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and many with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), show pathologists telltale clumps of a ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new model to study motor neuron degeneration and have used this to identify three genes involved in the neurodegeneration process. These findings could have relevance for ... read more

July 20, 2015 — Key differences between patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) and those with the most common genetic form of ALS, a mutation in the C9orf72 gene have ... read more

Uncovering a Key Relationship in ALS

July 15, 2015 — Novel antibodies for tracking C9orf72 have been developed by researchers, uncovering a link between genetic cause of ALS and its pathology. ALS is arguable humanity's most puzzling, intractable ... read more

New Light Shed on How Neurons Control Muscle Movement

June 23, 2015 — Researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, have found that groups of neurons work together, firing in ... read more

New Treatment Hope for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

June 10, 2015 — A previously unknown link between the immune system and the death of motor neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, has been discovered by ... read more

June 8, 2015 — A cellular mechanism that can be targeted to treat ALS has been discovered by scientists. The researchers revealed that increasing levels of a certain key protein successfully protected against cell ... read more

Research Points to Future Test for ALS

June 3, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered new insights on the genetic causes of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. These findings could uncover a new way to ... read more

Is Diabetes Protective Against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

June 1, 2015 — Type 2 diabetes may be associated with a reduced risk for the fatal neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a study suggests. Patients with type 2 diabetes have, on average, higher ... read more

May 22, 2015 — A novel mouse has been developed that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ... read more

Newer Method of Oxygen Delivery for Patients at Risk of Respiratory Failure After Surgery

May 17, 2015 — A relatively new, easier to implement, and better-tolerated method to provide supplemental oxygen to patients at risk of respiratory failure after surgery did not result in a worse rate of treatment ... read more

May 14, 2015 — A mouse model has been developed that exhibits the neuropathological and behavioral features associated with the most common genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's ... read more

New Tool for Understanding ALS: Patients' Brain Cells

Apr. 14, 2015 — Researchers have transformed skin cells from patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), into brain cells affected by the progressive, fatal disease and deposited ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — Nearly 40 percent of Americans 60 and older are living with dysphagia. Although it is a major health problem associated with aging, it is unknown whether the swallowing disorder is a natural part of ... read more

New Link Between Neurodegenerative Diseases, Abnormal Immune Responses Found

Mar. 30, 2015 — New insight into the link between neurodegenerative disorders and inflammation has been gained by a new study that provides a framework to explore more fully the possibility that viral infection may ... read more

Mar. 23, 2015 — Where ALS comes from and how it progresses are mysteries that continue to vex medical science. But recent research has found three proteins that could shed some light on the mechanisms behind this ... read more

Potential New Drug Target for Protection Against Certain Neurodegenerative Diseases

Mar. 20, 2015 — Hypermethylation - the epigenetic ability to turn down or turn off a bad gene implicated in 10 to 30 percent of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) ... read more

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