Toenail mercury Levels are associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis risk

Discussion: Biomarker data show that ALS is associated with increased with mercury levels, which were related to estimated methylmercury intake via fish. Replication of these associations in additional populations is warranted. Muscle Nerve, 2018
Source: Muscle and Nerve - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Clinical Research Article Source Type: research

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Bruna De Felice, Francesco Manfellotto, Giuseppe Fiorentino, Anna Annunziata, Elio Biffali, Raimondo Pannone, Antonio Federico
Source: Frontiers in Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Source Type: research
To the Editor We read with great interest the article by Rosenbohm and colleagues. They conducted a case-control study and reported that retinol-binding protein 4 had an inverse association with both risk for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and disease prognosis. Although we agree with the relevance of the reported results and their interpretation, we would like to comment on 2 issues that might also correlate with these findings.
Source: JAMA Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
In Reply We appreciate the comments of Riancho et al on our article investigating the association of retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) concentrations with the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) risk and prognosis in the ALS registry Swabia. In their letter, they pointed out important clinical aspects and suggested that the causes of the disease could vary depending on the clinical characteristics of ALS and should be considered.
Source: JAMA Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common degenerative disease affecting motor neurons, lacks an effective disease-modifying disease treatment [1 –3]. Recently, the Src/c-Abl pathway has been postulated as a potential therapeutic target in ALS. [4]. Imamura et al. developed a phenotypic screen to repurpose existing drugs for ALS patients, which resulted in the identification of 27 potential hits. Intriguingly, more than half of the hits tar geted the Src/c-Abl signaling pathway [4]. Complementary studies demonstrated that Src/c-Abl inhibitors increased the survival of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC)-...
Source: Journal of the Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
Condition:   Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Interventions:   Drug: BIIB078;   Drug: Placebo Sponsor:   Biogen Not yet recruiting
Source: - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
We compared the functioning of two neurological patient groups, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), using brief and validated International Classification of Functioning (ICF)-based tools. A 12-item World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS 2.0) questionnaire was mailed to ALS and TBI patients and their significant others 2 weeks before their appointment at an outpatient clinic of a university hospital. In addition, a neurologist filled in the ICF minimal generic set. Two years after diagnosis, no significant differences between the two diagnosis groups were found in...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original articles Source Type: research
ConclusionIntegrated PET-MR imaging demonstrates associations between markers for neuronal integrity and neuroinflammation and may provide valuable insights into disease mechanisms in ALS.
Source: NeuroImage: Clinical - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
Chemical ReviewsDOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.8b00138
Source: Chemical Reviews - Category: Chemistry Authors: Source Type: research
AbstractMany  central nervous system diseases currently lack effective treatment and are often associated with defects in microvascular function, including a failure to match the energy supplied by the blood to the energy used on neuronal computation, or a breakdown of the blood–brain barrier. Pericytes, an u nder-studied cell type located on capillaries, are of crucial importance in regulating diverse microvascular functions, such as angiogenesis, the blood–brain barrier, capillary blood flow and the movement of immune cells into the brain. They also form part of the “glial” scar isolating dam...
Source: Acta Neuropathologica - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Federal healthcare claims databases ascertained are a very efficient method for identifying the majority of ALS-prevalent cases in the National ALS Registry, and may be enhanced by having patients self-register through the registry web portal.Neuroepidemiology 2018;51:149 –157
Source: Neuroepidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Source Type: research
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