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Hard-to-reach cancers targeted with ‘Trojan horse’ proteins

Scientists at Brunel University London have found a way of targeting hard-to-reach cancers and degenerative diseases using nanoparticles, but without causing the damaging side effects the treatment…

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Genetic origin of Lou Gehrig’s disease more widespread than previously thought

Genetics may play a larger role in causing Lou Gehrig’s disease than previously believed, potentially accounting for more than one-third of all cases, according to one of the most comprehensive…

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Toxin from tobacco smoke could increase pain in spinal cord injury and worsen multiple sclerosis

A neurotoxin called acrolein found in tobacco smoke that is thought to increase pain in people with spinal cord injury has now been shown to accumulate in mice exposed to the equivalent of 12…

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Mining for clues – new DNA mapping project to discover the causes of Motor Neurone Disease

The Irish arm of a new worldwide project which will dig deep into thousands of DNA profiles in order to discover the genetic causes of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) has been launched in Ireland by…

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The effectiveness of ALS drugs may be improved by blocking blood-brain barrier proteins

Through research in mice, scientists have found that proteins at the blood-brain barrier pump out riluzole, the only FDA-approved drug for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, limiting the drug’s…

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Peptide reactivated paralyzed muscles in 80% of trialled animals

‘Unprecedented’ success has been reported in animal trials for a new compound being developed as the first drug therapy to restore function in spinal cord injury patients.

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Scientists reveal important new insights into muscle protein

Scientists led by Kristina Djinovic-Carugo at the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna have elucidated the molecular structure and…

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iPS cells used to correct genetic mutations that cause muscular dystrophy

Researchers at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University, show that induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can be used to correct genetic mutations that cause Duchenne…

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An enzyme that fixes broken DNA sometimes destroys it instead

Enzymes inside cells that normally repair damaged DNA sometimes wreck it instead, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found.

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Blocking molecules involved in ALS-drug resistance may improve how well ALS therapeutics work

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that primarily kills motor neurons, leading to paralysis and death 2 to 5 years from diagnosis.

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