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2014-02-13 12:27:28

More than 500 clubs throughout North America to hold a Group Fitness class on Feb. 22 in support of Augie's Quest, a non-profit searching for a cure for ALS IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of Augie's Quest, LA Fitness announced today that it will host an in-club Group Fitness( )class at more than 500 of the company's locations on February 22,( )2014. Augie's Quest is a nonprofit research initiative dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for...

2014-02-11 23:24:19

A team of researchers, led by physicians and scientists at Intermountain Healthcare's Intermountain Medical Center and ARUP Laboratories, has made a medical breakthrough by discovering genetic mutations that cause a rare and deadly lung disease. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association applauds their work. Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) February 11, 2014 A team of researchers, led by physicians and scientists at Intermountain Healthcare's Intermountain Medical Center and ARUP...

2014-02-07 12:51:08

Study in human cells may improve ability to identify useful drug targets In most cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, a toxin released by cells that normally nurture neurons in the brain and spinal cord can trigger loss of the nerve cells affected in the disease, Columbia researchers reported today in the online edition of the journal Neuron. The toxin is produced by star-shaped cells called astrocytes and kills nearby motor neurons. In ALS, the death...

2014-02-06 23:01:57

In research funded by the FSH Society, a patient advocacy organization, a Minnesota team has identified drugs that block the toxic effects of a gene involved in a most common form of muscular dystrophy. Lexington, MASS (PRWEB) February 06, 2014 Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is among the most common muscle-wasting diseases, affecting more than 500,000 people around the world. Its cause is genetic, passed from generation to generation, although 30 percent of cases arise...

2014-02-04 12:27:49

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ALS Association is pleased to announce the awarding of five new grants to investigate the causes and treatment of ALS. The ALS Association identified the focus of each of these grants as areas with high potential for progress. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131211/MM32178LOGO) ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the...

2014-01-30 12:28:16

TUCSON, Ariz. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and Augie Nieto, co-chairman of MDA's ALS division, together with his wife, Lynne, today announced they are transitioning management of the successful "Augie's Quest" campaign from MDA to the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). The transition will be occurring in the first quarter of 2014 as the two organizations continue to support Augie's Quest initiatives....

2014-01-28 09:12:25

Kennedy Krieger researchers develop valid and accurate model for FSHD Researchers at the Kennedy Krieger Institute recently announced study findings showing the successful development of a humanized preclinical model for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), providing scientists with a much needed tool to accelerate novel therapeutic research and development. Published in Human Molecular Genetics, the study outlines the validity of a unique model that, for the first time,...

2014-01-24 23:02:29

Recent scientific development represents progress in FSHD research. Lexington, Mass. (PRWEB) January 24, 2014 As published online today in Human Molecular Genetics, support from the FSH Society, a patient-driven nonprofit, has enabled people with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) to donate muscle tissue, which scientists have succeeded in grafting into mice, providing a new tool for conquering this devastating muscle-wasting disease. Among the most common forms of muscular...

2014-01-20 10:36:30

What causes brain damage and inflammation in severe cases of Gaucher disease? Little is known about the events that lead to brain pathology in some forms of the disease, and there is currently no treatment available – a bleak outlook for sufferers and their families. Now, scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science have discovered a new cellular pathway implicated in Gaucher disease. Their findings, published today in Nature Medicine, may offer a new therapeutic target for the...

2014-01-16 23:31:02

Cellular Life Research Center has awarded it's Advanced Research Recognition award to PIMTforLife. In clinical trials, patients taking PIMTforLife, an all-natural anti-aging tablet, have shown a dramatic reverse in signs of aging in as little time as three weeks. St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) January 16, 2014 PIMTforLife is the number one anti-aging tablet recognized by the Cellular Life Research Center for its unique and highly effective utilization of the PIMT enzyme and is also now...