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Cause of ALS Found, Northwestern Team Says

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    since everyone is doing the "ice-bucket challenge" for als... :batman:

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/...1_als-patients-proteins-northwestern-research

    Breakthrough in Lou Gehrig's disease could lead to treatment

    Researchers at Northwestern University say they have discovered a common cause behind the mysterious and deadly affliction of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, that could open the door to an effective treatment.

    Dr. Teepu Siddique, a neuroscientist with Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine whose pioneering work on ALS over more than a quarter-century fueled the research team's work, said the key to the breakthrough is the discovery of an underlying disease process for all types of ALS.

    The discovery provides an opening to finding treatments for ALS and could also pay dividends by showing the way to treatments for other, more common neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinson's, Siddique said.

    The Northwestern team identified the breakdown of cellular recycling systems in the neurons of the spinal cord and brain of ALS patients that results in the nervous system slowly losing its ability to carry brain signals to the body's muscular system.

    Without those signals, patients gradually are deprived of the ability to move, talk, swallow and breathe.

    "This is the first time we could connect (ALS) to a clear-cut biomedical mechanism," Siddique said. "It has really made the direction we have to take very clear and sharp. We can now test for drugs that would regulate this protein pathway or optimize it, so it functions as it should in a normal state."
     
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    yes. it's several years old but it didn't seem to get much attention!
    and of course they want a "treatment", not a "cure"... as that wouldn't be cost effective.
     
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    at last they should find the treatment,i was sick of seeing "ice bucket challenges" heck,some guy called furious pete did a "gravy edition "of ALS, some people are crazy man lol
     
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    i agree. this event was all over the place, and some people were killed doing it.