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Old 12-03-2008, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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It would be nice if we could someday head off all those nasty diseases, even before they got started.
that would be amazing. Unfortunately, many of the neurological disease causes elude scientists and doctors.
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Old 12-04-2008, 01:41 PM
 
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Looks like they are making strides against Multiple Sclerosis in Clinical and Laboratory studies.

News Detail : National MS Society - MS Research Moved Forward In 2008
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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Thank you for the link. I know a couple of the treatments mentioned in the article have already bombed out of trials. There is one jewel in the sand though, a treatment called Flimgoid (sp?) is due out within 16 mo. assuming that the FDA gets it approved fast. It will be the first non injection treatment, and the most effective treatment to date. The current DMD's have around a 35% efficacy, the new treatment is found to be nearly 78%!!! for those of us who are still early in progression it is a god send to keep us where we are for longer. The cause of MS is still a mystery, they are getting closer to finding it though.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:29 AM
 
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I hope that pans out for you Noahma as i'm sure the injections are tough to deal with.

I see on the NIH site that there are 349 clinical trials going on for MS right now.

Search of: "Multiple Sclerosis" - List Results - ClinicalTrials.gov
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Old 12-07-2008, 10:11 AM
 
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It sure would Brian. I think the reason they call it Lou Gehrig disease is he was a high profile public figure. True he was just a baseball player, but he was a popular figure with his teammates and the opposing players. His nickname was "The Iron Man" because he played 2130 games in a row. He wasn't a boozer or a carouser. He stayed in shape year round. He was just a solid individual all the way around.

Atryphic Lateral Sclerosis was as fearful a disease as any disease could be in Lou Gehrig's time. Very little was known about the cause of it and doctors considered it a death sentence. Once ALS settled into Gehrig his teammates became frightened of him, literally. They could not understand how he could struggle at times to get up out of a chair, to tie his shoes, much less swing the bat and run the bases. His teammates kept their distance from him figuring they would get what he had.

He was the first professional athlete to have his number retired. The movie, Pride Of The Yankees in which Lou Gehrig was portrayed by Gary Cooper, brought this disease to peoples attention. My mom told me she saw the movie and for a few days later the papers and magazines picked up on it.

I'm all for stem cell research, any research, to rid us of this hideous disease.

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Old 12-07-2008, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I was just reading this and was reminded that Stephen Hawkings is still alive. I wonder what is different about him.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:54 AM
 
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MDA has announced a couple of studies showing Stem Cells helping in ALS and SMA which are two devastating paralyzing diseases. Good to see Stem Cells advance.

MDA Research | Stem Cells Injected Into Spinal Cord Slow ALS in Rats (http://www.als-mda.org/research/news/081202cells_injected.html - broken link)

MDA Research | Neural Stem Cells Help SMA Mice
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Old 12-15-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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I just read about the biotech ''Living Cell Technologies'' reported that it's pipeline product ''NtCell'' in pre clinical lab studies is showing improved limb function and more surviving brain cells in the rats in the study.

Breakthrough 'could help Parkinson's sufferers' | Healthcare News:
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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Thanks for this Thread 6 Foot 3. My brother is near death from ALS. I am now closer to a DX of ALS. Thank you for your time and intrest!
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Old 07-15-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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Thanks for this Thread 6 Foot 3. My brother is near death from ALS. I am now closer to a DX of ALS. Thank you for your time and intrest!
Sorry to hear about your brother, and your potential diagnosis. I will pray that they find something else that is curable for you.
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