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2014-04-07 10:57:39

A new way to artificially control muscles using light, with the potential to restore function to muscles paralyzed by conditions such as motor neuron disease and spinal cord injury, has been developed by scientists at UCL and King’s College London. The technique involves transplanting specially-designed motor neurons created from stem cells into injured nerve branches. These motor neurons are designed to react to pulses of blue light, allowing scientists to fine-tune muscle control by...

2013-10-30 15:53:44

A new toxic entity associated with genetically inherited forms of dementia and motor neuron disease has been identified by scientists at the UCL Institute of Neurology. The toxin is the result of a genetic mutation that leads to the production of RNA molecules which could be responsible for the diseases. The findings are published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica. Frontotemporal dementia and motor neuron disease are related neurodegenerative diseases that affect approximately 15,000...

2012-08-12 23:03:34

The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, announces its annual Walk to Defeat ALS® on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, N.Y. The Walk is open to the public, and all funds raised will be donated to The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter. Syracuse, New York (PRWEB) August 11, 2012 The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, announces its annual Walk to Defeat ALS® on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, N.Y. The Walk is open to the...

2012-08-07 07:36:19

Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) are the first to discover that changes in monocytes (a type of white blood cell) are a biomarker for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. This finding also brings the medical community a step closer toward a new treatment for the debilitating neurological disease that affects approximately 30,000 Americans. The study will be published online in The Journal of Clinical Investigation on August 6, 2012. In...

2012-07-20 23:03:23

A bill to authorize the NIH to support the creation of up to 20 pediatric research consortia focused on diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) July 20, 2012 A bill to authorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the creation of up to 20 pediatric research consortia focused on diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) was introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The...

2012-07-16 10:19:02

Disruption of cytoskeleton pathways contribute to ALS pathogenesis A new genetic mutation that causes familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurological disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, has been identified by a team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). Mutations to the profilin (PFN1) gene, which is essential to the growth and development of nerve cell axons, is estimated to account for one to two percent of...

2012-07-16 10:16:51

NIH-supported research provides more complete picture of the disease Researchers have linked newly discovered gene mutations to some cases of the progressive fatal neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Shedding light on how ALS destroys the cells and leads to paralysis, the researchers found that mutations in this gene affect the structure and growth of nerve cells. ALS attacks motor neurons, the nerve cells responsible for...


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