MDA/ALS Newsmagazine Vol. 16, No. 6

November-December 2011

Cover Story

John Shearer and his wife Brenda learned in November 2010 that he has ALS. The couple, who lives in Woodstock, Ga., were told the disease would cause gradual weakening of John’s voluntary muscles, such as those used for moving and breathing. John, 70, retired four months later in March 2011 from...

Features

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, MDA is shining a light on family caregivers across the nation, via a special interactive caregivers’ website, MDA Salutes Caregivers. The site, which goes live November 1, will feature profiles of people across America who are caring for individual...
Editor's note: This is part of a larger story about the science and effects of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in ALS. For more information, see When the Thinking Parts of the Brain Go Awry in ALS. Families can deal with the cognitive and behavioral changes associated with frontotemporal demenia (FT...

Research Roundup

C9ORF72 mutation is most common cause of familial ALS, FTD Two independent research teams have identified a mutation in the gene for chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9ORF72) as the most common cause found to date of familial (inherited) ALS, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and ALS with FTD (ALS-...

Advertisements

myMuscleTeam