Patients with a debilitation neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), have hopeful news with a recent study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Clumps of toxic proteins have been discovered, by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, that cause the onset of the ALS disease. Every year about 6,400 Americans are diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and The ALS Association to find a cure. Donate your car for ALS research is one way you can help with the fight against ALS.
Computer models and algorithms were used by the research team at UNC to identify the toxic proteins that are killing motor neurons within people who have ALS. These toxic proteins in patients with ALS leads to paralysis that is gradual which includes arms, legs, breathing, speaking and eventually will cause the patient to pass away. With the discovery of which proteins are mutating researchers now have a better chance of developing effective treatments to combat the ALS disease. This discovery not only helps the study of ALS but also other neurodegenerative diseases.
About The ALS Association
The ALS Association, established in 1985, uses national advocacy and global research to help treat and research for a cure for ALS. Fostering government partnerships, public policy, public education, research, and care services are part of the mission of The ALS Association. Also, helping people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease by offering support and compassionate care to both patients and families is the primary focus of The ALS Association. The ALS Association assists people with the disease through certified clinical care centers and multidisciplinary care coordination. Enhancing the quality of life of patients with compassionate support, along with giving hope is important to this non-profit charity, while they assist in developing treatments with the strong initiative to find a cure.
Programs of The ALS Association
The ALS Association offers several programs to help get closer to the cure of the disease. Some of the programs include:
Global Research – The ALS Association is working to find a cure and treatments by leading a global research for ALS.
Treatment Development – The research projects are based on these six main factors, understanding disease mechanisms, identifying ALS genes, stem cells for therapy testing and disease modeling, improving clinical trials, finding disease biomarkers, and developing therapies.