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Extreme Exercisers May Have Higher Odds for ALS

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – Fitness buffs who push themselves to the limit during workouts might slightly increase their risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. The same may hold true for working stiffs whose jobs place extreme physical demands upon them, the European researchers said. But the study did not prove that extreme exercise actually causes ALS risk ...

Diesel Exhaust Might Raise Truckers' Odds for ALS

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Truckers and others who are routinely exposed to diesel fumes while on the job might face a greater chance of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. The increased risk hit a high of 40 percent when compared against men with no such exposure, said study author Aisha Dickerson. She's a postdoctoral research fellow with the Harvard T.H. Chan ...

FDA: Serious Problems at Florida Stem Cell Clinic

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

A Florida stem cell clinic has been cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for what the agency describes as serious problems that could pose health risks to patients. The agency said Monday that it has cited US Stem Cell Clinic, of Sunrise, for marketing stem cell products without FDA approval and for "significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice requirements," ...

White Collar Workers at Higher Odds of Death From ALS, Parkinson's

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Typically, better-paying jobs and those that require higher education are thought more desirable, but a new study suggests white collar workers have a higher risk of death from two neurodegenerative diseases. The research found that richer, better-educated people with Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease), appear ...

Dying May Not Be as Awful an Experience as You Think

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Does the very idea of death worry and frighten you? There may be reassurance from a new study that finds those fears might be exaggerated. In fact, the research shows, death is often described as a peaceful, "unexpectedly positive" experience by those who approach it. Death is one of life's guarantees, yet it's something people often avoid talking about, according to ...

Rogue Genes May Cause Some ALS Cases

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – Gene mutations may cause up to 17 percent of cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in patients with no family history of the disease, a new study finds. ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurological disease that typically leads to complete paralysis and death. There is no cure. It is called familial ALS when there is a clear ...

FDA Approves Radicava - First New Drug for ALS in Decades

Posted 8 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – The first new drug to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in more than 20 years has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Radicava (edaravone) is taken intravenously daily for 14 days, followed by 14 days without the drug. Subsequent treatment cycles consist of treatment for 10 out of 14 days, followed by 14 days without the drug. "After learning ...

FDA Approves Radicava (edaravone) to Treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Posted 6 May 2017 by Drugs.com

May 5, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Radicava (edaravone) to treat patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “After learning about the use of edaravone to treat ALS in Japan, we rapidly engaged with the drug developer about filing a marketing application in the United States,” said Eric Bastings, M.D., deputy dir ...

Scientists Extend Lives of Mice With ALS

Posted 12 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – A recent discovery in mice might one day lead to a new approach for treating people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), researchers report. They found that suppressing a single protein significantly extended the lives of mice with a form of ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative condition also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In one experiment, untreated mice lived ...

Fewer Than 1,000 Used Oregon's Right-to-Die Law by 2015

Posted 6 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 6, 2017 – Oregon's Death with Dignity Act allows terminally ill patients to end their own lives. But over almost two decades, relatively few patients have done so, a new study reveals. Less than 1,000 residents have followed through since Oregon became the first state to permit physician-aided dying in 1997, researchers found. More people requested the lethal drugs than actually ...

Could Electromagnetic Fields Raise a Worker's ALS Risk?

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 – On-the-job exposure to electromagnetic fields may double the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative disease of the nervous system, a new study suggests. Electric company linemen, welders, sewing machine operators and airplane pilots are all people in occupations that could boost the chances of getting the always-fatal disease, said ...

Does Mercury in Fish Play a Role in ALS?

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Eating mercury-laden seafood may raise the risk of developing ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), preliminary research suggests. The report warns of possible harm from fish containing the most mercury, such as swordfish and shark. It doesn't suggest a higher risk of ALS from general consumption of seafood. "For most people, eating fish is part of a healthy diet," said ...

Brain Scans Let 'Locked-In' ALS Patients Communicate

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Brain imaging enabled four severely "locked-in" patients – all conscious and aware but unable to communicate – to answer yes-and-no questions, researchers report. One patient, at the request of his family, was asked whether he'd allow his daughter to marry her boyfriend. Nine out of 10 times, he said no, the researchers said. Scientists were impressed by the study ...

Was Football Safer Back in the Day?

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12, 2016 – In a finding that suggests football used to be a less dangerous sport, a small study shows that men who played in high school in the 1950s and 1960s may not be at increased risk for dementia or memory problems. Nor did they show increased rates of Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The study used a small ...

Smoking Tied to Shorter Survival With ALS

Posted 22 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – Smoking may speed progression of Lou Gehrig's disease and shorten the lives of those with the fatal illness, new research suggests. Also known as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the disease damages nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These cells control many vital muscle functions, including speaking, swallowing and breathing. Though no cure for ALS has ...

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