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Scientists identify gene signature in the area of the brain susceptible to Alzheimer’s


Scientists from the prestigious Cambridge University have identified a specific signature of a collection of genes in the area of the brain that’s most susceptible to Alzheimer’s. This signature mimics the way in which the disease spreads through the brain as individuals age, and gives hope that we’ll be able to discover more about the molecular origins of Alzheimer’s. It’s also hoped that this ...

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Scientists identify two new areas of the brain associated with ALS

ALS Brain Scan

Scientists from the University of Bath have identified two regions in mouse brains where the gene that’s implicated in ALS is expressed, giving hope that we’re one step closer to finding new treatments and a possible cure for the disease. There is currently no cure for ALS which is more commonly known as Motor Neurone Disease . This is the ...

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New research study shows how ALS may impact neurons as they mature


After discovering that the current version of engineered ALS cells are too immature to accurately represent this neurological disorder, scientists from Cedars-Sinai  Regenerative Medicine Institute have begun to look at ways to develop an improved version. Current ALS stem-cell models are more like immature neurons The researchers found that the current stem-cell model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis has more in ...

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Exposure to pesticides linked to increased risk of ALS

spinal cord

Data collected by scientists from the University of Michigan has suggested that cumulative exposure to pesticides could increase the risk of developing Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting the cells in both the brain and the spinal cord, which ultimately ends in the death of the patient. The study, which was carried ...

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Scientists link a toxic compound found in Guam with an increased risk of neurological diseases


Scientists have discovered a link between a toxin present in some soils and lakes on the Pacific Island of Guam and an increased risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s. The study suggested that exposure to certain environmental toxins may play a part in the growth of beta-amyloid plaques and tau tangles, both of which are associated with Alzheimer’s, and some ...

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A new discovery may hold the key to future ALS treatment

A new discovery may hold the key to future ALS treatment

Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been successful in identifying the structure of the neuronal protein clumps associated with ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Their research, which was published online, has given the scientific community the evidence it needs to conclude that these toxic clumps play a significant part in the ...

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A Dormant Retrovirus May Be Responsible Neuronal Damage in ALS Patients

Neuronal Damage

Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) have discovered that a dormant retrovirus may have been responsible for causing neuronal damage in a number of patients with ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Their findings raise hope that finding a way to block the virus with antiretroviral drugs may be of benefit to some ALS patients. The ...

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A New Study Gives Hope For A New Treatment For The Familial Form Of ALS

Motor neurons

A new study carried out by researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has highlighted the potential for treating the familial form of ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. During the research, the scientists learned how a mutation in the gene which causes ALS leads to the cells accumulating damaged materials. A healthy motor neuron ...

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Motor Neurone Disease Global Awareness Day


Motor Neurone Disease referred to as ALS of Lou Gehrig’s disease across the world affects over 5,000 people in the UK and every 1-2 per 100,000 of the globe’s population. MND Global Awareness Day is the one day on which every member of the International Alliance of ALS / MND Associations has in common to mark the global fight against MND. ...

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