MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 13, No. 10

November-December 2008

Cover Story

In Sandstone, Minn., Alea, 16, and Alexandra, 13, have added “caregiver” to the long list of roles they assume in life, including daughter, sister, friend, teenager and student. The girls’ father, William Anderson, learned he had ALS on March 26, one day after his 49th birthday. To date, Anderson’s...

Features

Almost everyone loves holiday traditions. Besides being fun and giving us another reason to look forward to the holiday season, traditions promote family togetherness and camaraderie among friends, and provide an excellent way to make and share memories. When ALS interferes with favorite holiday tra...
I have been living with ALS for over 10 years. In that time we have become close friends. I no longer consider this disease to be a life-robbing, horrible thing, but a life-enhancing experience. I am grateful for the new perspectives I have been given. This is not just knowledge that I unders...
      Infant Ernesto Sibrian’s mother cradled him in her arms as she fled from soldiers through the El Salvador jungle. The bullet that killed her tore through her body and lodged in Ernesto’s arm. His 6-year-old sister pleaded with the soldiers not to take him, but they pushe...

Research Roundup

Stem cells entered nervous system but didn’t slow ALS Although six men with ALS who received intravenous infusions (“transplantations”) of donated bone marrow stem cells failed to derive any apparent benefit from the procedure, the study showed that such cells can enter the central nervous system...

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