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The mutations that cause familial ALS

Mutations in the TBK1 gene can cause familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a study published this week in Nature Neuroscience.

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Penn Medicine: Potential new drug target may protect against certain neurodegenerative diseases

Findings could pave way for precision medicine approach to treatment of neurological diseasesPenn Medicine researchers have discovered that hypermethylation – the epigenetic ability to turn down…

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Potential treatment identified for myotonic muscular dystrophy

A doctor who was one of the discoverers of the gene responsible for myotonic muscular dystrophy has now identified a therapeutic that could modify progression of muscle damage and muscle dysfunction…

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Motor neurone disease — researchers identify new group of gene suspects

Researchers have identified a new host of gene variants that could make people vulnerable to sporadic motor neurone disease, according to a report published in the journal, Scientific Reports.

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New compounds protect nervous system from the structural damage of MS

Pharmacological agents hold promise for several neurodegenerative disordersA newly characterized group of pharmacological compounds block both the inflammation and nerve cell damage seen in mouse…

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Cardiac and respiratory function supported by abdominal muscles in muscular dystrophy

The muscular dystrophies are known to target various muscle groups differentially.

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Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish

A team of researchers from Italy, Israel and the United Kingdom has succeeded in generating mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering.

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Trial could lead to new treatment for most common form of muscular dystrophy

Patients with the most common form of muscular dystrophy, Duchenne, often lose the ability to walk by the time they reach age 12 and typically only live to reach their 20s.

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New ALS gene and signaling pathways identified

Findings point to potential therapeutic targetsUsing advanced DNA sequencing methods, researchers have identified a new gene that is associated with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis…

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Bacterial defense mechanism targets duchenne muscular dystrophy

Gene therapy approach could treat 60 percent of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients.

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