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> Major Als Breakthrough, Researchers discover common cause of all forms of ALS
post Feb 13 2012, 08:22 PM
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The underlying disease process of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS and Lou Gehrigís disease), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that paralyzes its victims, has long eluded scientists and prevented development of effective therapies. Scientists werenít even sure all its forms actually converged into a common disease process. But a new Northwestern Medicine study for the first time has identified a common cause of all forms of ALS.

The basis of the disorder is a broken down protein recycling system in the neurons of the spinal cord and the brain. Optimal functioning of the neurons relies on efficient recycling of the protein building blocks in the cells. In ALS, that recycling system is broken. The cell canít repair or maintain itself and becomes severely damaged.

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post Aug 16 2012, 02:13 PM
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Lets hope, they show up with some improved therapy,,,
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