An MDA-supported study of 24 ALS patients showed those on high-calorie, high-carbohydrate tube feedings fared better than those on control or high-calorie, high-fat formulas

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 15:19, By: Margaret Wahl
A study supported in part by MDA has found that a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate diet is safe and well-tolerated in late-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), that it leads to moderate weight gain, and that it may slow disease progression.

The American Academy of Neurology, with support from MDA, has developed measures with which to document the quality of care delivered to ALS patients

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 - 14:31, By: Margaret Wahl
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has published new quality measures for the care of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The measures, which are based in part on the AAN's 2009 ALS care guidelines, are designed to help researchers measure the quality of care being delivered to...

ALS research update on findings related to abnormal functioning of mitochondria, cellular energy production and metabolism

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 - 15:01, By: Amy Madsen
Below are highlights of two recent studies in ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

ALS can cause people to lose weight, and that's not a good thing

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:26, By: Miriam Davidson
In ALS, there is a clear link between weight and survival. Studies show that people who are slightly overweight at the time of diagnosis, and people who maintain their weight through the course of the disease, live longer than those who start out thinner or lose weight as ALS progresses, said Anne-...

New guidelines for physicians caring for ALS patients released by the American Academy of Neurology

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 13:57, By: Margaret Wahl
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) released its new guidelines on patient care in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on Oct. 13, 2009. Several MDA-affiliated physicians were involved in their development. To read the published guidelines, see
Posted on Friday, May 1, 2009 - 15:33, By: Other
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. — from a prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr There are few things that are certain in ALS, including what to do to ensure (or avoid) longer survival time. There are several...

In ALS, the issue is not so much what you eat, but how much you eat

Posted on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 15:46, By: Margaret Wahl
Edward Kasarskis, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Neurology of the College of Medicine and the Graduate Center for Toxicology and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. In 1998, he was part of an American Academy of Neurology committee that developed...