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Latest Motor neuron disease Stories

2011-09-21 19:41:12

Families help identify new gene for incurable disease Families suffering from a history of motor neuron disease have helped an international scientific team locate a new gene linked to the incurable disease. The investigators studied a large group of Finnish patients and a family from Gwent, South Wales who have lost many relatives to early onset motor neuron disease (MND) and the neurodegenerative disease fronto-temporal dementia, also known as Pick's disease. The team, including...

2011-09-04 00:55:00

The Central Valley Walk to Defeat ALS is an annual community event that creates the hope and action needed to conquer Lou Gehrigâs disease, and raise funds to sustain patient care and support cutting-edge research by the worldâs best and brightest scientists. Join the fight against Lou Gehrigâs disease on Saturday September 10 at Kearney Park in Fresno! During the Walk, participants honor the strength and courage of people with ALS and their families and...

2011-09-01 16:44:56

Although several genes have been linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), it is still unknown how they cause this progressive neurodegenerative disease.In a new study, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have demonstrated that two ALS-associated genes work in tandem to support the long-term survival of motor neurons. The findings were published in the September 1 online edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. "Any therapy based on this discovery is...

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2011-08-22 12:38:57

Researchers from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine may have pinpointed the cause of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to BBC News reports on Sunday. ALS, which the BBC referred to as "the most common form of motor neuron disease," could be the result of "a breakdown of a recycling system in cells." The Northwestern researchers "found the flaw in the way nerve cells in the brain recycle protein building blocks, which means cells cannot repair themselves...

2011-08-12 12:17:12

Sigma-1 receptor offers potential therapeutic target Researchers from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have identified a mutation on the SIGMAR1 gene associated with the development of juvenile amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Study findings published today in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society, show the gene variant affects Sigma-1 receptors which are involved in motor neuron function and disease development. ALS, also...

2011-08-11 13:42:28

For decades, scientists have studied a laboratory mouse model that develops signs of the paralyzing disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as they age. In a new study appearing in Nature Biotechnology, investigators at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a new model of ALS, one that mimics sporadic ALS, which represents about 90 percent of all cases. ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is characterized by the death of motor neurons, which are muscle-controlling nerve...

2011-07-25 23:28:09

'Biggest increase anyone has seen' in the production of essential compound for deadly childhood disease Researchers in Ottawa report new hope for the treatment of infants born with serious genetic disorder. Over 1000 children in Canada are affected with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and loss of motor control. In its most severe form survival of children with SMA beyond 5 years is rare. Although the disorder is caused by the loss of a specific...


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