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Cells engineered from muscular dystrophy patients offer clues to variations in symptoms

Johns Hopkins researchers report they have inadvertently found a way to make human muscle cells bearing genetic mutations from people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

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Second gene modifies effect of mutation in a dog model of ALS

Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a neurodegenerative disease in dogs with similarities to ALS in humans.

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Resistant neurons point the way to protective factors in ALS

The growth factor IGF-2 can prevent the death of human nerve cells in the incurable disease ALS, according to a study by researchers at Sweden´s Karolinska Institutet and the University of Milan…

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ALS: Could pesticide exposure be a risk factor?

The risk of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, may be increased with residential or occupational exposure to pesticides, according to new research.

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ALS may arise from protein build-up in nerve cells

Mutations in the gene SOD1 are known to cause ALS, but it was not known if the associated protein was involved. Now, a study shows the protein may drive ALS in a prion-like way.

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Scientists map brain’s ‘thesaurus’ to help decode inner thoughts

What if a map of the brain could help us decode people’s inner thoughts?Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have taken a step in that direction by building a “semantic atlas”…

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UF Health researchers develop unique model for studying ALS

University of Florida Health researchers have developed a unique mouse model that will allow researchers around the world to better study the genetic origins and potential treatments for a…

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Epigenetic disturbances underlie rare muscle disorder

A new study unravels the molecular mechanism underlying a group of rare genetic disorders known as laminopathies, suggesting that they may in fact be epigenetic disorders.

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Maple syrup protects neurons and nurtures the minds of C. elegans worms

Two young students show how maple syrup prevents the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in the C. elegans worm.

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Decoding sugar molecules offers new key for combating muscular dystrophy

A group of Japanese scientists have succeeded in decoding a sugar molecule and clarifying a mechanism linked to muscular dystrophy.

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    A group of diseases causing muscle weakness at birth. Several defined genetic mutations cause muscles to break down faster than they can repair or grow. A child with CMD may have various neurological or physical impairments. Some children never gain the ability to walk, while others lose the ability as they grow older. Learn more...

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