Genetics Muscular Dystrophy / ALS

ALS: ‘Unique’ cells could open up new avenues for therapy

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to the death of nerve cells that control movement, leaving people unable to move and, eventually, to breathe. ALS is fatal and, so far, incurable. Can new findings bring hope for novel therapies? New research finds previously unknown subtypes of motor neurons in […]

Body Aches Muscular Dystrophy / ALS

What to know about muscle atrophy

The term muscle atrophy refers to the loss of muscle tissue. Atrophied muscles appear smaller than normal. Lack of physical activity due to an injury or illness, poor nutrition, genetics, and certain medical conditions can all contribute to muscle atrophy. Muscle atrophy can occur after long periods of inactivity. If a muscle does not get […]

Muscular Dystrophy / ALS

Pollutants may speed up ALS progression

New research, appearing in the BMJ Journal of Neurology, suggests that various pollutants may not only raise the risk of people developing ALS but also make the disease advance faster. Pesticides may increase the risk of developing ALS, new research confirms. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative condition […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia Muscular Dystrophy / ALS

ALS: New technique prevents toxic protein deposits in cells

The vast majority of people who develop the rare neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis have one feature in common: toxic buildup of faulty TDP-43 protein in the affected nerve cells. One recent study tackled the toxic protein deposits that characterize 97 percent of ALS cases. Postmortem evidence suggests that 97 percent of people with amyotrophic […]

Genetics Muscular Dystrophy / ALS

ALS: A new therapy may be in sight

New research makes a discovery that “suggests a clear approach for developing a potential therapy for ALS.” New experiments may provide ‘great hope’ for people living with ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative condition that affects a person’s motor neurons. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), people with […]

Muscular Dystrophy / ALS

How can gold help repair muscle injuries?

Researchers have revealed that nanoparticles of gold, attached to natural anti-inflammatory agents, work well on inflammation and can also promote muscle regeneration. Scientists now believe that we can use gold to help treat muscle injuries. Muscle injuries can take a while to recover from. This is because inflammation that occurs soon after an injury can […]

Muscular Dystrophy / ALS

ALS: Immune cells may slow disease progression

A new study brings hope for people with ALS. Immunotherapy may dramatically slow down the progression of the disease, it shows. In the future, people with ALS could receive an injection of immune cells to slow down the progression of the disease. The neurodegenerative condition amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) affects nerve cells, which control the […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia Muscular Dystrophy / ALS

ALS: How ‘toxic’ proteins could protect neurons

Researchers have now investigated the mechanisms of a protein called SOD1 that is known to play a role in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and they uncovered some surprising findings. Researchers suggest that proteins thought to destroy neurons in people with ALS may actually have the opposite effect. The scientists found that while small aggregates of SOD1 […]