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Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 13:21, By: Margaret Wahl
“It never made sense to me that ALS spreads,” says Marc Diamond, an associate professor of neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. “Why don’t just a few cells die, and that’s it?” That’s a question that has bothered Diamond, who now has an MDA grant to study the subject.
Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 - 14:27, By: Miriam Davidson
In most respects, Home Helpers operates like a traditional care agency. It recruits and screens trained caregivers to go into people’s homes, and help them bathe, dress, eat, cook, clean and do laundry. Its staffers run errands, go shopping and take clients to their doctor appointments.
Posted on Monday, June 1, 2009 - 14:36, By: Bill Norman
July 4 is a date that holds special significance not only for America, but for MDA and Major League Baseball (MLB) as well. July 4 is the date in 1939 when Lou Gehrig, legendary first baseman and slugger for the New York Yankees, delivered an emotional farewell speech to 62,000 fans in Yankee...

Energy-conservation strategies, medical interventions may help

Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 09:16, By: Amy Madsen
Fatigue — a feeling of tiredness, exhaustion or lack of energy — is a common condition in people with ALS. Those who experience it may move and speak more slowly than their remaining muscle function would seem to allow, and may curtail their activities. For some, it is the major reason contributing...

Schemes and scams target people with ALS

Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 09:16, By: Amy Madsen
In September 2006, Charlene DeMarco, a former doctor of osteopathy, and Elizabeth Lerner were convicted of 11 federal charges of trying to cheat people with ALS and their families. The two had claimed they could treat ALS patients with stem cell therapy, going so far as to say DeMarco had received...
Posted on Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 13:47, By: Margaret Wahl
Some studies suggest that motor neurons, even when healthy, can be killed by toxic neighbors. If so, converting these “sharks” to “dolphins” might slow the pace of ALS.

Eye-control technology puts you back in the conversation

Posted on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 15:37, By: Alyssa Quintero
Eye-controlled devices, commonly referred to as eye-tracking or eyegaze systems, enable users to access speech-generating devices and computers. Eye control isn’t without its challenges, but many with ALS say the technology has changed their lives, providing greater independence and allowing them...