MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 13, No. 3

March 2008

Cover Story

Keeping creative expression alive
No matter how you look at it, the losses associated with the progression of ALS are always difficult and hugely significant. For artists, this loss goes beyond the inability to make a living or participate in a favorite hobby. Painting, writing, singing, playing music and other art forms are...

Features

Gae and Lauren Skager with their golden retriever puppy, Dakota, encourage people across the nation to organize ALS support groups for children and youth. "ALS affects my life, too!” says 13-year-old Lauren Skager of Minneapolis. Lauren’s mom, Gae, has ALS. Lauren sometimes translates for h...
Augie Nieto’s large trackball mouse helps him communicate extensively with family, friends and colleagues. Severe hand and arm weakness can make using a conventional computer keyboard and mouse impossible. Eye-tracking and head mouse technology can help, but if you have adequate lower-...
Army Ranger veteran Beau MacVane, battling ALS, works out daily on his trike, and with special lines constructed in his back yard. Statistics confirm that ALS strikes U.S. military veterans more frequently than it does the general population. One study conducted in 2005 found that vete...

Research Roundup

MDA to fast-track lithium trial A small trial has suggested that lithium carbonate may dramatically slow ALS progression. Larger trials will be needed to confirm these results. An MDA-supported clinical trial of lithium in ALS is being planned, after a 44-person study in Italy showed the...

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