Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Brain Science
Researchers are looking for the causes of ALS, for an understanding of how the disease affects the brain, and for effective treatments for the disease. Current studies include:
- Researchers suspect that a brain-cell protein called membralin might play a role in the development of ALS. Scientists don’t know exactly what membralin does in the brain’s nerve cells, but they have found evidence that a deficiency of protein may be a cause of ALS and other degenerative nerve diseases. Their studies suggest that gene therapies that increase levels of membralin may have potential as an ALS treatment.
- One clinical study is currently testing a drug that takes a new approach to treat ALS. The drug aims to improve muscle function rather than improving the communication between nerves and muscles. The hope is that the drug will help muscles to work more efficiently to make up for the weakness caused by ALS nerve damage. The drug seems to be particularly effective at helping the muscles that control breathing, and patients may be able to breathe better for longer as a result.
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