Latest ALS Stories

2013-05-28 21:33:18

Transplantation of human stem cells in an experiment conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison improved survival and muscle function in rats used to model ALS, a nerve disease that destroys nerve control of muscles, causing death by respiratory failure. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is sometimes called "Lou Gehrig's disease." According to the ALS Association, the condition strikes about 5,600 Americans each year. Only about half of patients are alive three years after...

2013-05-14 23:24:13

Local events planned throughout May to highlight MDA's ALS Awareness Month campaign. Monroe, LA (PRWEB) May 14, 2013 May is national ALS Awareness Month, and the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association will commemorate the 22nd campaign with local ALS Awareness Month activities and events. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig´s disease) attacks the nerve cells that control voluntary muscles, including those used for swallowing and breathing, causing...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'