MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 16, No. 3

May-June 2011

Cover Story

Five different but important strategies are under investigation by MDA-supported ALS researchers
ALS is a disease that holds tight to its many secrets, even after decades of relentless pressure by dedicated and well-qualified researchers. Part of the complexity of ALS is that it involves multiple biological components and pathways, presents in many forms, and likely is caused, in whole or in...

Features

When it comes to living independently with ALS, Fern Cohen of Queens, N.Y., tells it like it is. “I can live without a man,” Cohen states on her blog, “but I can’t live without my machines.” It’s a sentiment that David Jayne, of Rex, Ga., understands well. Jayne’s wife divorced him when he decided t...
Consider these statistics: Four out of five businesses with over 100 employees have Twitter accounts. Sixty-one percent of consumers say they use social media to learn about products/features or services. Twitter reaches 76 million people a month. Facebook has more than 600 million users. The avera...
A 41-year-old SWAT-team police officer with a private pilot’s license … a former high-school sprinter and hoopster, now a 24-year-old mother of three little girls … an 82-year-old fine-art painter and grandmother, formerly a commercial artist … a 52-year-old long-haul semi-trailer truck driver and m...

Research Roundup

Reactivated virus may contribute to ALS Autopsy samples have shown a viral protein called HERV-K reverse transcriptase is much more prevalent in ALS brain samples than in brain samples obtained from people who died of other causes. Although viruses like HERV-K normally lie dormant in the human...

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