MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 13, No. 5

May 2008

Cover Story

MDA is proud to announce publication of the new MDA ALS Caregiver’s Guide. Free to those with ALS who are registered with MDA, the 210-page book replaces MDA’s 1997 ALS caregiver’s guide, When a Loved One Has ALS. The book provides ALS caregivers with practical information on such topics as...

Features

Most people don’t think about swallowing during meals or as they go about their daily lives, but many people with ALS do. Weakness and a lack of coordination of the tongue and throat muscles can result in swallowing difficulty (dysphagia), causing choking on foods or liquids, drooling, the sensation...
In February 2003, Steve Nichols of Clifton, Va., had lived with ALS nearly nine years. Both limb and bulbar onset had not only stolen his strength, but severely affected Nichols’ speech and eating habits. “I still tried to talk but anything more than one syllable was unintelligible to ever...
To promote the 17th annual national ALS Awareness Month this May, MDA has planned a number of national and local events designed to increase public awareness of ALS. Nationally Just in time for ALS Awareness Month is the recently updated and redesigned “Facts About ALS” booklet. Throughout...
The road to ALS treatment development has been long and hard. But MDA, along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and pharmaceutical companies, is finding there are more frequent signposts. Among the most interesting developments of this year is the finding in a 44-person study in Italy that...

Research Roundup

Does a high serum cholesterol level increase survival time in ALS? A French research team that published its findings March 25 in Neurology has found that elevated levels of lipids (fatlike substances) in the blood, known to be risk factors for cardiovascular disease, actually may be a good thing...

Advertisements

myMuscleTeam