Former rugby league player, Rob Burrow, was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in December 2019. His new BBC documentary shows his emotional journey since his diagnosis to raise support and awareness.
In a breakthrough discovery, metformin is found to be effective not only for diabetic patients, but for those with a genetic mutation that results in a specific form of ALS, or C9-ALS. Scientists are already in phase 2 of trials.
Researchers at the Jacksonville, Florida Mayo Clinic have gained a mouse model for testing potential amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) treatments. ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease is associated with various behavioral features and neuropathological symptoms as is frontotemporal dementia (FTD); both are caused by a mutation in the C9ORF72 gene. Both result in the death of neurons in the spinal cord and brain, which leads to inability to control muscles, paralysis, and death.