ALS milestone – Common cause of all forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) discovered

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110821141115.htm

ScienceDaily (2011-08-22) — The cause of ALS, a fatal disease that paralyzes its victims, has long eluded scientists. But a new study for the first time has identified a common cause of all forms of ALS, opening a new field to find a treatment. The cause is a broken recycling system in the neurons in the spinal cord and brain that results in severely damaged cells. The finding also may have a wider role in other dementias such as Alzheimer’s.

Now they know what needs fixing. Figuring out how to do that and how it gets broken may take a while but … it will stop being a horrible lingering death sentence ‘sooner’ rather than ‘later’. Yahoo!! Science beats mumbo-jumbo ooga-booga any day 🙂

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