MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 13, No. 6

June 2008

Cover Story

Recognition and treatment are key
A bout of depression can bring added difficulty to a life already complicated by ALS. To keep depression from bringing you down, check out these 10 tips — culled from a variety of expert sources — for understanding, spotting and stopping it. A common misconception about depression in people with...

Features

Getting benefits and coverage from insurance companies and federal programs shouldn’t have to be a battle, but sometimes it is. To win, it pays to know every detail of your policy and benefits plan like the back of your hand. Understanding the plan’s policies, benefits and eligibility criteria befor...
Did you know your insurance company can change and even revoke the care you’re getting? What you think is covered can be changed without warning. That’s just what happened to my 48-year-old son, Gene, last December. Gene’s story Gene Coffin In 2001, Gene was diagnosed with bulbar-onset ALS....
Most people, upon learning they have ALS, begin to take life slower. Felix Slamovics climbed mountains and skyscrapers. Slamovics uses a hybrid climbing apparatus incorporating bicycle parts and mountain rescue equipment. A climbing buddy, on his own rig, checks Slamovics’ condition. Climbi...

Research Roundup

MDA-funded lithium trial is now open The MDA-funded trial is designed so that all participants will receive lithium. Neurologist Robert Miller, director of the Forbes Norris MDA/ALS Research Center at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, has begun testing the drug lithium...

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