MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 13, No. 9

October 2008

Cover Story

Eye-control technology puts you back in the conversation
Eye-controlled devices, commonly referred to as eye-tracking or eyegaze systems, enable users to access speech-generating devices and computers. Eye control isn’t without its challenges, but many with ALS say the technology has changed their lives, providing greater independence and allowing them...

Features

A totally new type of care institution for people with ALS is being built in Massachusetts, and a man with ALS is helping design and raise funds for it. “Before being diagnosed with ALS in October 2006, I had a great career, going on 13 years as a landscape architect,” writes Steve Saling, 40, of An...
When it comes to cold weather and ALS, 53-year-old Pati Milewski, of Olympia, Wash., likens her experience to that of “a house with no thermostat.” Although inability to regulate body temperature isn’t recognized as a classic symptom of ALS, decreased mobility limits the ability to stay warm...

Research Roundup

Scientists create nerve cells from skin cells of woman with ALS MDA grantee Hiroshi Mitsumoto at Columbia University was on the study team that created nerve cells from skin cells. MDA-supported scientists at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., and Columbia University, New York City,...
Organophosphate pesticides, used on some crops, are among the chemicals that are detoxified by PON enzymes. In the search for genetic variations that predispose a person to developing ALS, a few intriguing examples stand out as worthy of further investigation. Among them are findings...

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