MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 16, No. 1

January-February 2011

Cover Story

“It never made sense to me that ALS spreads,” says Marc Diamond, an associate professor of neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. “Why don’t just a few cells die, and that’s it?” That’s a question that has bothered Diamond, who now has an MDA grant to study the subject. Marc Diamond...

Features

For health and hygiene at all stages of ALS — not to mention the comfort of having fresh breath — it’s important to keep the mouth clean. A daily routine of brushing for at least two minutes, morning and night, and flossing before bedtime should be maintained, especially when eating a soft diet — an...
A biomarker is any biological indicator that doctors or researchers can objectively measure and evaluate to determine an individual’s health. Examples of common biomarkers include body temperature and heart rate, a mutated gene or brain and spinal cord images obtained through imaging techniques such...
Using an alternative augmentative communication device, or AAC, is a wonderful way to keep talking when ALS tries to silence you.  But AAC usage is new to many potential conversation partners, and they may not know how to react. These tips, based on recommendations from AAC users, can be clippe...

Research Roundup

FDA approves emotional-expression medication Nuedexta is now approved to treat unwanted episodes of laughing or crying (PBA) that sometimes occur in association with ALS. Avanir Pharmaceuticals announced Oct. 29, 2010, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its drug Nuedexta...

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