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Old 08-22-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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Researchers Say They've Found Common Cause of All Types of ALS - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/researchers-theyve-found-common-cause-types-als-180606872.html - broken link)

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In this new study, Northwestern University researchers said they found that the basis of ALS is a malfunctioning protein recycling system in the neurons of the brain and spinal cord. Efficient recycling of the protein building blocks in the neurons are critical for optimal functioning of the neurons. They become severely damaged when they can't repair or maintain themselves.
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"We can now test for drugs that would regulate this protein pathway or optimize it, so it functions as it should in a normal state."

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Old 08-23-2011, 09:07 AM
 
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Researchers Say They've Found Common Cause of All Types of ALS - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/researchers-theyve-found-common-cause-types-als-180606872.html - broken link)






That's pretty cool.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Whittier
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This is great news but I don't want to sound pessimistic.

News like this is almost always asterisked by "drug trials will begin shortly." Where the drug trials end up taking years, not working, or get stalled by the FDA or whoever.

This has always been the case with Type 1 Diabetes. And I'm sure many other diseases.

I hope I'm wrong.
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