Latest Motor neuron disease Stories

2012-06-25 10:30:13

Researchers find a simple way of avoiding dangerous side effects The commonly-used epilepsy drug, valproic acid (VPA), can have a highly beneficial effect on some babies born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the number one genetic killer during early infancy. But in about two-thirds of such cases it is either damaging or simply has no effect. Now, for the first time, researchers have found a way to identify which patients are likely to respond well to VPA prior to starting treatment....

2012-06-20 19:10:00

Regenerative Medicine Institute research sheds new light on cell death in a common, lethal genetic disease in children, suggesting paths for potential treatment Cedars-Sinai's Regenerative Medicine Institute has pioneered research on how motor-neuron cell-death occurs in patients with spinal muscular atrophy, offering an important clue in identifying potential medicines to treat this leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers. The study, published in the June 19 online...

2012-06-13 14:28:10

A long-used anti-cancer drug could be a starting point to develop new treatments for the incurable nerve disease known as Lou Gehrig's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), scientists are reporting. Their research showing how the drug prevents clumping of an enzyme linked to ALS appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Lucia Banci, Ivano Bertini and colleagues explain that ALS causes a progressive loss of muscle control as the nerves that control body movements...

Technology And Financial Incentives Inspire Healthy Habits
2012-05-30 06:10:00

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com Calorie counting. Excessive exercising. For any person, losing weight and eating healthy can be a difficult challenge. In a recent issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers stated that mobile technology, remote coaching, and financial incentives could possibly improve the diet and physical activity of patients to promote healthier habits The scientists discussed the difficulty patients have in following their physicians´ advice in...

2012-05-16 11:04:20

UCLA researchers may have found a key to determining which Parkinson's disease patients will experience a more rapid decline in motor function, sparking hopes for the development of new therapies and helping identify those who could benefit most from early intervention. In a study published May 15 in the peer-reviewed online journal PLoS ONE, the researchers found that Parkinson's sufferers who possess two specific variants of a gene known to be a risk factor for the disease had a...

2012-05-10 13:39:49

Scientists have confirmed that mutations of a gene are responsible for some cases of a rare, inherited disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness: spinal muscular atrophy with lower extremity predominance, also known as SMA-LED. "Typical spinal muscular atrophies begin in infancy or early childhood and are fatal, involving all motor neurons, but SMA-LED predominantly affects nerve cells controlling muscles of the legs. It is not fatal and the prognosis is good,...

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