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Latest Motor neuron disease Stories

2011-12-12 22:24:40

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is an incurable adult neurodegenerative disorder that progresses to paralysis and death. Genetic mutations are the cause of disease in 5% of patients with ALS. Of immense interest, Hongxia Zhou, Xu-Gang Xia, and colleagues, at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, now show that progressive neuron degeneration can be halted in a rat model of familial ALS linked to mutations in the gene that carries the instructions...

2011-11-28 06:51:33

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — According to a recent study, two proteins conspire to promote a lethal neurological disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig´s disease, is a neurodegenerative disorder that results in progressing loss of motor function and ultimately death. More than 90 percent of ALS cases have no known genetic cause or family history. However, in some patients, spinal cord cells contain unusual accumulations of a protein called TDP-43....

2011-11-22 10:30:37

Spinal Muscular Atrophy affects one in 6,000 children; no known cure A team of University of Missouri researchers have found that targeting a synthetic molecule to a specific gene could help the severity of the disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) — the leading genetic cause of infantile death in the world. "When we introduced synthetic RNA into mice that carry the genes responsible for SMA, the disease's severity was significantly lowered," said Chris Lorson, researcher at the...

2011-11-21 09:24:08

Treatment with dexpramipexole — a novel drug believed to prevent dysfunction of mitochondria, the subcellular structures that provide most of a cell's energy — appears to slow symptom progression in the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Promising results of a phase 2 trial of dexpramipexole are receiving advance online publication in Nature Medicine. Some preliminary results of the study were presented at the 2009 International Symposium on ALS/MND and...

2011-11-14 23:12:47

Two proteins conspire to promote a lethal neurological disease, according to a study published online this week in the Journal of Experimental Medicine (www.jem.org). Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder that results in progressive loss of motor function and ultimately death. More than 90% of ALS cases have no known genetic cause or family history. However, in some patients, spinal cord cells contain unusual...

2011-10-20 12:10:00

These new awards encompass $745,000 for the basic research portion of the $3 Million in new research funding that FSMA announced earlier this year. The FSMA basic research program is governed by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB carefully reviews all grant applications to ensure funding of only the best quality research relevant to the mission of Families of SMA. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 20, 2011 Three of the seven new grants for 2011 will help the understanding of why motor...


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