signs and symptoms

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 10:00, By: Amy Madsen
John Shearer and his wife Brenda learned in November 2010 that he has ALS. The couple, who lives in Woodstock, Ga., were told the disease would cause gradual weakening of John’s voluntary muscles, such as those used for moving and breathing. John, 70, retired four months later in March 2011 from...
Posted on Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 14:18, By: Amy Madsen
A biomarker is any biological indicator that doctors or researchers can objectively measure and evaluate to determine an individual’s health. Examples of common biomarkers include body temperature and heart rate, a mutated gene or brain and spinal cord images obtained through imaging techniques...

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 - 15:15, By: Other
Posted on Friday, June 1, 2007 - 14:43, By: Margaret Wahl
The hallmark of ALS is the degeneration of two kinds of motor neurons — upper, which are in the brain, and lower, which are in the anterior horn (front section) of the spinal cord and in the brainstem. These two sets of motor neurons work together to drive movement and locomotion, but have separate...