MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 14, No. 6

June 2009

Cover Story

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...

Features

This Independence Day, on the 70th anniversary of Gehrig’s farewell speech, Major League Baseball will conduct activities throughout the country to honor Gehrig’s memory and raise funds to support ALS research. On July 4, MLB teams will wear 4♦ALS patches on their uniforms, and home teams wil...
Communication is a lifeline for MDA ALS Division Co-Chair Augie Nieto, and he continues testing new ways to stay connected with the world. Although ALS has robbed Augie Nieto of his ability to speak, Nieto’s “voice” continues to be heard as he leads the charge toward finding a cure. Nieto,...
In mid-March, Mark Wenzel, who has ALS, and his wife, Martha, were visiting friends when a mucus plug blocked Mark’s airway. Mucus plugs became a problem for Mark Wenzel when his cough reflex diminished and he lost the strength to produce a forceful cough. Something that most would simply c...

Research Roundup

Death of spinal cord neurons in ALS dampens protective mechanism A vicious cycle of nerve cell damage and loss has been identified as a possible contributor to ALS. Identification of this pathway opens the door to targeting it with therapeutic agents. Glutamate carries signals between neurons...
Biomarkers are a major focus of studies at the ALS Therapy Development Institute. The 61st annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), held in Seattle April 25-May 2, 2009, included several ALS-related presentations. Three concerned identification of biological markers (...

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