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Lou Gehrig's Disease News (12 articles)



Two new genes linked to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related disorders

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ties mutations in two genes to the death of motor neurons associated with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, and other devastating neurodegenerative problems.Memphis, Tennessee-- A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has discovered...

Published on 4 March 2013, 03:18


Researchers Discover Blood Biomarker for Lou Gehrig's Disease, Could Lead to New Treatments

BOSTON, MA—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...

Published on 6 August 2012, 13:54


Promising avenue of neurodegenerative disease research may be a dead end: Observations refute widely held view on causal mechanism in ALS

In science, refuting a hypothesis can be as significant as proving one, all the more so in research aimed at elucidating how diseases proceed with a view toward preventing, treating, or curing them. Such a discovery can save scientists from spending precious years of effort exploring a dead...

Published on 6 March 2012, 15:11


Single Gene Regulates Motor Neurons in Spinal Cord

Discovery Could Help Scientists Develop New Treatments for Motor Neuron Diseases.In a surprising and unexpected discovery, scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that a single type of gene acts as a master organizer of motor neurons in the spinal cord. The finding, published in...

Published on 8 September 2010, 13:49


Genetic Link for ALS Risk Confirmed

Genetic variations on a specific chromosome appear to play a role in a fatal motor neuron condition known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, research has found. The study by the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London was published in the online...

Published on 6 September 2010, 07:28


Researchers Discover Genetic Link Between Both Types of ALS

Finding could ultimately lead to therapy for ALS.CHICAGO --- Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered a link between sporadic and familial forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease....

Published on 6 May 2010, 05:17


Tiny molecule slows progression of Lou Gehrig's disease in mice, researchers find

DALLAS – Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that a molecule produced naturally by muscles in response to nerve damage can reduce symptoms and prolong life in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).“We believe we can apply this research toward drug...

Published on 11 December 2009, 06:22


Compound Shows Potential for Slowing Progression of ALS

A chemical cousin of a drug currently used to treat sepsis dramatically slows the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in mice. The results offer a bit of good news in efforts to develop a therapy to stop or slow the progression of a disease...

Published on 20 October 2009, 05:48


New Guidelines Identify Best Treatments to Help ALS Patients Live Longer, Easier

ST. PAUL, Minn. – New guidelines from the American Academy of Neurology identify the most effective treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig's disease. The guidelines are published in the October 13, 2009, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal...

Published on 12 October 2009, 17:27


HSPH-Led Team Discovers Protective Cellular Process in ALS Disease in Mice, Hinting at New Therapeutic Approach

Boston, MA -- When Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) scientists disabled a specific protein in mice that were genetically prone to develop ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), they expected -- based on previous work -- to hasten the onset of the paralyzing, lethal disorder. What they found...

Published on 16 September 2009, 17:57


Spinal fluid proteins signal Lou Gehrig's Disease

Hershey, Pa. -- High levels of certain proteins in the spinal fluid could signal the onset of Lou Gehrig's disease, according to researchers. The discovery of these biomarkers may lead to diagnostic kits for early diagnosis, accurately measuring the progression of the disease and monitoring...

Published on 28 January 2009, 08:22


Researchers Genetically Link Lou Gehrig's Disease in Humans to Dog Disease

Researchers Genetically Link Lou Gehrig's Disease in Humans to Dog DiseaseCOLUMBIA, Mo. –An incurable, paralyzing disease in humans is now genetically linked to a similar disease in dogs. Researchers from the University of Missouri and the Broad Institute have found that the...

Published on 21 January 2009, 16:20


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