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

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 🙂


About xamble

Most things I do involve computers. Nowadays that sounds stupid to hear because everyone uses computers. Except I was saying that before the IBM PC came on the scene. (hint: my first programs were entered on punch cards in an IBM-29) Now I mostly use them. Mostly to provide a community service in my small town. Because I could when it was asked and still can. And I'm a wannabe writer. Various books in various states of incompleteness. A few short stories. Might do more of that.
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