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New approach may save brain cells in neurodegenerative diseases
Neuron damage and death in Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases may be preventable by targeting a shared cause of inflammation. (Medical News Today)

ALS: 'Unique' cells could open up new avenues for therapy
A new study has found 'never before reported' cells in the spines of people with ALS. The discovery may lead to a better understanding of the condition. (Medical News Today)

How do ancient viruses cause MS and other neurological diseases?
Remnants of retroviruses embedded millions of years ago make up 8% of our DNA. How can they cause neurological diseases, such as MS? (Medical News Today)

Medical conditions that cause muscle wasting
Conditions that can cause muscle wasting include muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and spinal muscular atrophy. Treatment may include dietary changes and exercise. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What to know about muscle atrophy
Muscle atrophy can occur due to poor nutrition, age, and genetics. Symptoms vary, and treatment may include physical therapy, functional electric stimulation, or surgery. Learn more about muscle atrophy here. (Medical News Today)

Pollutants may speed up ALS progression
New research suggests that environmental pollution, in general, and pesticides, in particular, may advance disease progression in people with ALS. (Medical News Today)

ALS: New technique prevents toxic protein deposits in cells
Clumps of faulty TDP-43 protein inside nerve cells are common in ALS and other neurological diseases. Could this new technique offer a way to prevent them? (Medical News Today)

ALS: A new therapy may be in sight
New research, led by Harvard scientists, identifies a novel potential therapeutic target for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). (Medical News Today)

How can gold help repair muscle injuries?
In a new and innovative study, researchers have found that gold nanoparticles attached to anti-inflammatory agents can work to promote muscle regeneration. (Medical News Today)

How using your legs keeps your brain healthy
New research shows how restricting movement in legs impairs brain health over time. A certain kind of leg exercise, by contrast, keeps neurons healthy. (Medical News Today)

ALS: Immune cells may slow disease progression
For the first time in humans, researchers administered immune T cells to patients with ALS. This slowed down the progression of the disease. (Medical News Today)

ALS: Most physically active have '26 percent higher risk'
A large study conducted in three countries provides good evidence of a link between a history of vigorous physical activity and the risk of developing ALS. (Medical News Today)

ALS: How 'toxic' proteins could protect neurons
Researchers have found that large, fibrous aggregates thought to drive Lou Gehrig's disease might actually help to protect motor neurons. (Medical News Today)

What causes your lip to twitch?
A look at lip twitching, a complaint causing involuntary movement. Included is detail on the role caffeine intoxication plays and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Diesel exhaust may raise risk of neurological disease
A new study has revealed that men with occupations involving exposure to diesel exhaust could be at greater risk of developing ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (Medical News Today)

Benign fasciculation syndrome: What causes muscle fasciculations?
Benign fasciculation syndrome is persistent muscle twitching, tingling, or numbness in one or more muscles. Learn more about the causes and treatment. (Medical News Today)

How do muscles work?
Find out how muscles move, how they repair themselves after injury, and why scientists say that antioxidants after exercise might not be good after all. (Medical News Today)

Could this hormone rejuvenate memory?
A new study suggests that osteocalcin, which is a hormone derived from bone cells, can help to reverse the effects of age-related memory decline. (Medical News Today)

Researchers discover fundamental pathology behind ALS
A team led by scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Mayo Clinic has identified a basic biological mechanism that kills neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and in a... (Medical News Today)

Scientists prevent neurodegeneration-associated protein clumping in lab study
Scientists report in a new study that by imitating a natural process of cells, they prevented the formation of protein clumps associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal... (Medical News Today)

Clinical trial shows some promise for Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug
The results of an international clinical trial, led in part by a UC Davis School of Medicine expert, have shown that a drug therapy for a severe type of muscular dystrophy holds promise for a... (Medical News Today)

New discovery in MND and dementia could pave the way to novel treatments
New discovery in motor neurone disease and dementia could pave the way to novel treatments. (Medical News Today)

New gene therapy treatment routes for motor neurone disease uncovered in new study
Scientists investigating the genetic causes and altered functioning of nerve cells in motor neurone disease (MND) have discovered a new mechanism that could lead to fresh treatment approaches for one... (Medical News Today)

What percentage of ALS is genetic?
Up to 90 percent of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) report that they have no family history of the disease. (Medical News Today)

Study shows drug lowers levels of biomarker linked to ALS
A new study finds that a decades-old drug used to treat malaria lowers levels of a biomarker linked to the inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's Disease. (Medical News Today)

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