MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 12, No. 8

September 2007

Cover Story

Darlene Bates of Lee’s Summit, Mo., has a thing for checkers. Not the board game, but the black-and-white painted squares that mark the beginning and end of a stock car race. Bates, who received a diagnosis of ALS in November 2001, is a NASCAR fan who watches the races on television every...

Features

For more than four decades, Jerry Lewis has worked overtime on Labor Day weekend to raise funds to defeat neuromuscular diseases. In that time, the Telethon has brought in more than $2 billion for MDA’s programs of help and hope. Entertainment Tonight's Jann Carl will again serve as co-host...
The seventh annual Wings Over Wall Street gala will be held Sept. 20 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Supported by celebrities and financial leaders, the event has raised more than $6 million to benefit MDA’s ALS research program. The funds assist the research teams of Hiroshi Mit...
Failure to recognize differences among mice with mutated SOD1 genes may be the key to understanding why so many medications that looked good in mouse studies later failed to benefit humans with ALS, say researchers at the MDA-supported ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) in Cambridge, Mas...
New York author Philip Carlo first started showing the symptoms that eventually would be diagnosed as ALS in February 2005. “I was coming back from doing an interview of Richard the Ice Man at Trenton [N.J.] State Prison,” recalls the 58-year-old Carlo, who has published five books of true and f...
Clinic team member Multidisciplinary clinic teams at MDA/ALS Centers often include social workers as part of their vital services. Sheilah Blansit, a licensed clinical social worker (L.C.S.W.) at the MDA/ALS Center at Texas Neurology in Dallas, works with local MDA ALS Health Care Services Coordi...

Research Roundup

ALS-statin interactions probed A report this summer from the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for International Drug Monitoring caused a stir by suggesting that widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs might raise the risk of developing ALS. The paper, published in June...

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