Rich pickings in noses and bucket breakthroughs - the week in science
< p > New antibiotics found in unlikely places, worrying news for astronauts and an ice bucket challenge breakthrough plus the start of two new series: what a week! < /p > < p > Going into space has its fair share of hazards, but according to the first long-term health study on Apollo astronauts, it seems that < a href="" > a greatly increased risk of cardiovascular disease < /a > can be added to the list. Luckily, there ’s more upbeat news s to be had this week, in the form of a < a href="https://...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 29, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Tash Reith-Banks Tags: Science Source Type: news

How the ice bucket challenge led to an ALS research breakthrough
< p > Not only has research funded by the stunt uncovered a gene variant associated with ALS, it has also demonstrated the huge value of scientific collaboration < /p > < p > When Bill Gates pulled on a red and white-striped cord to upturn a bucket of iced water positioned delicately over his head, the most immediate thought for many was not, perhaps, of motor neurone disease. < /p > < p > But the ice bucket challenge, the charity campaign that went viral in the summer of 2014 and left scores of < a href="" > notable perso...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 28, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample and Nicky Woolf Tags: Medical research Motor neurone disease Science Society Charities Health Genetics Source Type: news

Ice Bucket Challenge breakthrough: Gene found by scientists could treat MND
< a href="" > < img src=""/ > < /a > < br / > < br / > THE Ice Bucket Challenge, which went viral in 2014, has funded an important scientific genetic discovery in the progressive disease ALS. < img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""/ > (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New genetics clues into motor neuron disease
Researchers have contributed to the discovery of three new genes which increase the risk of motor neuron disease, opening the door for targeted treatments. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 26, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Humans are more afraid of brain condition like dementia or MS than cancer
Poor quality of life associated with conditions such as motor neurone disease - suffered by Stephen Hawking - scares people the most, a poll of 2,000 adults from across the UK found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fifth of people with motor neurone disease face year’s wait for referral
One in five people who have been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in the last three years have had to wait a year or more to be referred to a neurologist, according to new research released by the MND Association. Referral to a neurologist is a critical step in receiving a diagnosis of MND. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - June 7, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Motor neurone disease patients face extended referral times, research finds
One in five people diagnosed with motor neurone disease in the last three years have to wait a year or more to be referred to a neurologist Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - June 1, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Carolyn Wickware Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Six Brits a day diagnosed with MND: Woman reveals the TRUTH behind the diagnosis
A WOMAN whose father was diagnosed with motor neurone disease when she was just 13 years old has since become a research scientist - trying to find a cure for the disease which killed her father. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cannabis Extract Spray Reduces Spasticity in Patients With MNDCannabis Extract Spray Reduces Spasticity in Patients With MND
Italian researchers report positive results from a phase 2 randomized controlled trial of patients with motor neuron diseases, including ALS. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - June 1, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

'Delays' in motor neurone disease care
One in five people with motor neurone disease waits more than a year to see a brain specialist for help with diagnosis, a snapshot survey by the MND Association suggests. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Motor neurone disease patients face long wait for diagnosis
One in five motor neurone disease patients have to wait at least a year to see a neurologist Related items from OnMedicaProgress on improving services and outcomes for neurological conditions ‘mixed’Neurology care varies across the country Patients face postcode access to neurology appointmentsSimple blood test could help define ALS prognosisFinger length points to motor neuron disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 31, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government scraps ‘unfair’ changes to PIP
Thank you – you made your voice heard, and the Government listened Today (21 March) the Government has been forced to listen to the voice of thousands of disabled people, including over 200,000 people living with the pain of arthritis. It's announced that it'll drop its planned changes to the assessment of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The changes would have had a major impact on thousands of people with arthritis who rely on these benefits. Some disabled people would have seen a drop in their support of up to £150 a week, or even been turned down for this support altogether. We responded with deep ...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - March 21, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

[Report] C9orf72 is required for proper macrophage and microglial function in mice
Expansions of a hexanucleotide repeat (GGGGCC) in the noncoding region of the C9orf72 gene are the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia. Decreased expression of C9orf72 is seen in expansion carriers, suggesting that loss of function may play a role in disease. We found that two independent mouse lines lacking the C9orf72 ortholog (3110043O21Rik) in all tissues developed normally and aged without motor neuron disease. Instead, C9orf72 null mice developed progressive splenomegaly and lymphadenopathy with accumulation of engorged macrophage-like cells. C9orf72 expressio...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 17, 2016 Category: Science Authors: J. G. O’Rourke Source Type: news

Monkeys taught to control robotic wheelchair by thought alone
Study concludes that new technology involving brain-machine interfaces could benefit humans living with paralysis or motor neurone diseases A pair of monkeys have learned to control a robotic wheelchair by thought alone, using electrodes implanted into their brains.Scientists were able to decode neural signals from the animals and turn these into commands for the wheelchair, allowing the monkeys to drive across a room to retrieve grapes from a dispenser two metres away. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 3, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Medical research Science Neuroscience Motor neurone disease Disability Source Type: news

Cardiac drug combats muscle cramps in ALS
A phase II study shows that the sodium channel blocker mexiletine has no specific safety concerns in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and, moreover, markedly reduces muscle cramps. (Source: MedWire News)
Source: MedWire News - March 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Motor neuron diseases Source Type: news