MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 14, No. 8

September-October 2009

Cover Story

Nancy O’Dell, host of the entertainment-news show “Access Hollywood” and MDA’s National ALS Ambassador, has teamed with MDA to launch Betty’s Battle in honor of her mother, Betty Humphries, who died last year of ALS. MDA’s Betty’s Battle will raise funds for the MDA ALS Division, supporting...

Features

It sounds like a good idea, or at least a simple idea: Human beings have diverse genetic backgrounds and diverse environmental exposures, compared to laboratory mice. It’s much harder to determine the effect of any specific factor on human disease than it is to determine its effect on rodent d...
Stem cells are a legitimate and exciting area of ALS research, and MDA is actively exploring the potential of these cells. Stem cells that are too undifferentiated (immature) can be unpredicatable and dangerous, while those that are too differentiated (mature) are no longer able to engraft. Bo...
MDA-supported testing is under way to determine whether the commonly used drug pyrimethamine, marketed under the brand name Daraprim, may reduce levels of abnormal SOD1 protein molecules that poison nerve cells in a familial (inherited) form of ALS. A variety of mutations in the gene for the SOD1 pr...
Online delivery services such as Peapod deliver groceries right to your home. Why go to them when they can come to you? This is the question more Americans are asking as mobile grocery and restaurant delivery services, mechanics, hair stylists, groomers, veterinarians, physicians and dentis...
Show time! It’s MDA’s single largest fundraising event of the year, and also a prime opportunity to raise public awareness of the battle against ALS. On Sept. 6 and 7, on 180 MDA “Love Network” stations around the country, individuals and families affected by ALS will be profiled to personali...
Home power often bites the dust when storms or other unpredictable influences play havoc with power lines and neighborhood transformer boxes. For people who use electrically powered respiratory equipment, this can be a life-threatening occurrence — unless there’s a reliable secondary source of power...

Research Roundup

This article reports on research news as of Aug. 31, 2009, on: ALS TDI * Iplex * ALS-PON * emotional symptoms * stem cells   ALS TDI reports quarterly progress On July 16, 2009, the MDA-supported ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI, www.als.net) gave its quarterly research update in a...

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