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Malnutrition in ALS

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Though researchers are yet to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), significant progress has been made in managing symptoms and helping patients maintain a better quality of life.  Adequate nutrition is an important aspect of symptom management.    

At the University of Vermont, Rup Tandan, M.D. is studying the role of nutrition in ALS.  Tandan’s work demonstrates that caloric intake diminishes as patients progress in the disease.  

Several factors can lead to a decrease in a...

Though researchers are yet to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), significant progress has been made in managing symptoms and helping patients maintain a better quality of life.  Adequate nutrition is an important...

Augmentative Communication

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An Overview of ALS and Assistive Technology

By Alisa Brownlee, ATP

Clinical Manager, Assistive Technology Services, ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter and Assistive Technology Consultant to the National ALS Association. 

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter implemented an innovative Assistive Technology Program in 1993.  I have been with the Chapter since 1996 and for the past fourteen years, have seen assistive technology significantly improve the lives of those living with...

Genetic Mutation Linked to Inherited Forms of ALS, Dementia

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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

National Institutes of Health scientists and worldwide teams of researchers have identified the most common genetic cause known to date for two neurological diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The discovery offers clues to underlying mechanisms of these diseases, and may eventually contribute to the design and...

Landmark Studies Reveal Genetic Mutation Linked to Inherited Forms of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), Dementia

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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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WHAT: In landmark research, NIH scientists and worldwide teams of researchers have identified the most common genetic cause known to date for two neurological diseases, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The milestone...

Gene Helps Explain a Third of Inherited ALS Cases

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By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered a gene responsible for more than a third of inherited cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and a related brain disorder.

The findings, reported on Wednesday in the journal Neuron by two separate teams, could help scientists develop new animal models and may lead to new treatments for ALS and frontotemporal dementia, which are fatal neurological disorders.

The newly discovered mutation...