MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 12, No. 10

November-December 2007

Cover Story

Caring for others comes with a price — and a reward
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself." — Ralph Waldo Emerson Caring for someone with ALS may be one of the most difficult things a person will ever do. The physical and emotional demands caregivers face can be...

Features

As books about ALS go, Augie’s Quest: One Man’s Journey From Success to Significance is a little different from most. Written by Augie Nieto, co-chairman of MDA’s ALS Division, and writer T.R. Pearson, with a forward by Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays With Morrie (also about ALS), it’s schedu...
Richard Holland spends much of the day composing and arranging R&B, pop and gospel music from his home digital recording studio in West Newton, Pa. After receiving a diagnosis of ALS in 2005, Holland, 57, has had to alter the way he creates music. Shake your groove thing For Holland, music alway...
Sam and Jo-Ann Goldstein of St. Louis have shared their journey with ALS since Sam received his diagnosis of limb-onset ALS in August 2005. In this fifth installment of an intermittent series, Jo-Ann discusses how ALS has changed their roles in life. Every family is different, just as every progress...
In February 2004, Leonard Picton of Ellicott City, Md., received a diagnosis of ALS. Immediately, Leonard, 65, and his wife, Lee, who has multiple sclerosis, went into ultra-financial-planning mode. For Lee, the question became, “Will we have enough money left to take care of me when Leonard’s gone?...
Award recipient Alex Cappello, right, with MDA ALS Division co-chairs Augie and Lynne Nieto, center and far left, and his wife Linda and their daughters. Liz Claman, daytime anchor for the Fox Business Network, hosted the Wings event in Times Square for the third consecutive year....
MDA National Chairman Jerry Lewis has sent letters to Congress urging passage of legislation protecting the Medicare benefits of those who rely on complex medical equipment and technology, such as high-tech power wheelchairs. H.R. 2231, the Medicare Access to Complex Rehabilitation and As...

Research Roundup

New studies strongly support ALS-angiogenin connection A study conducted by investigators at several institutions in Boston has added additional support to an existing hypothesis based on earlier studies that mutations in the gene for angiogenin can cause ALS, or at least increase susceptibility to...

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