MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 12, No. 6

June 2007

Cover Story

A chat with digital painter Michael Bougher
Michael Bougher of Benicia, Calif., received a diagnosis of ALS in July 1998, and is completely paralyzed from the neck down. A former project control systems designer and project manager for Telstar, Bougher was a self-proclaimed workaholic before...

Features

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,...
As I walked through the doors leading out of the auditorium, Jerry grabbed my arm and pulled me closer. It had just been announced to our church congregation that I had been diagnosed with ALS. Jerry whispered in his low gravelly voice, “You will learn to adjust, to adapt and to cope.” Jerry had bee...
Sam and Jo-Ann Goldstein of St. Louis have learned a lot about living with ALS since he received his diagnosis in 2005. In this fourth installment of an intermittent series about one person’s ALS journey, Sam shares how his ALS caused a sudden respiratory crisis, leading to large and difficult c...

Research Roundup

‘Toxic neighbors’ likely kill nerve cells, at least in SOD1-caused ALS Nervous system support cells known as astrocytes and nervous system immune cells called microglia appear to play a role in whether motor neurons in the spinal cord live or die, at least in one form of genetic ALS. Motor...

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