MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 15, No. 1

January-February 2010

Cover Story

Although electronic communications allow rapid transmission of information among laboratories around the world, face-to-face meetings still play an important role in research. Many new collaborations, contracts, grants and ideas have begun during a coffee break or over dinner when researchers get...

Features

MDA’s ALS Division has designated the MDA clinic at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an MDA/ALS center. This brings the total number of these specialized clinics to 36. MDA/ALS centers offer a multidisciplinary team approach for people with ALS, focusing on service and research, and offering...
In the journey with ALS, a good support network is essential. Friends, family and willing volunteers make life easier and sweeter in so many ways.   But coordinating such a network can seem like one more job on an overflowing “to do” list.  It takes time and effort to keep people info...
For some, “hospice” is a vague idea whose connection to death leads to outright rejection before the true facts are known. In fact, hospice neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Instead, it offers practical care and support at a difficult and sometimes traumatic time. “People should think about h...
The fact that many people have the altruistic desire to donate their organs upon their deaths points out the inherent goodness of humans. But when a potential donor has ALS, can his or her good intentions still be honored? The answer can be hard to determine. For example, one woman wrote in an onlin...

Research Roundup

The items in this article address research in ALS as of December 31, 2009, on these topics: Gulf War connection, smoking, serum lipids, arimoclomol study, microRNA 206 potential. Why wait for the next ALS Newsmagazine? Receive monthly e-mail summaries of breaking research news directly in your...

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