Health Care

Posted on Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: Margaret Wahl
Steven Perrin, recently named chief scientific officer of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) in Cambridge, Mass., didn’t start out to be a scientist, although his interest in science goes back a long way. (MDA and the TDI recently formed a partnership to support a three-year, $36...
Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: Kathy Wechsler
If you’re coping with an ALS diagnosis while living in a small town or rural area, you may have some additional challenges. Brian Kieth of New Home, Texas, and James Tyler of Halfway, Ore., both have ALS and have experienced problems because of where they live. Wheelchair access Rural areas tend...
Posted on Monday, January 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: Christina Medvescek
Like hotels and hospitals, there are good and bad nursing homes. Even the best isn't the same as living at home, but residential facilities offer round-the-clock care that may be impossible to get at home. Some people with ALS choose to go to nursing homes as an act of control over "being a burden...
Posted on Monday, January 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: Margaret Wahl
Editor’s Note: The 17th International Symposium on ALS/MND (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Motor Neurone Disease), held in Yokohama, Japan, Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, showcased important research findings, many of which involved MDA research grantees and clinicians. News items from the meeting are...
Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 09:53, By: Kathy Wechsler
Several MDA/ALS centers include nurse practitioners (NPs) as part of a health care team. They’re registered nurses with advanced degrees and training who manage their patients’ ongoing care once they receive a diagnosis of ALS from the neurologist. NPs execute the care of patients in a variety of...

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...
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 10:33, By: Alyssa Quintero
Gastrostomy tubes When it’s time for a gastrostomy, or feeding, tube, you must decide on the kind of tube, tube size, feeding delivery options, type of food, and how you’re going to affix a tube to your abdomen. Here are some helpful tips to consider when choosing the equipment that’s right for you...

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