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ALS: Mesenchymal Stem Cell Treatments in Rodents

What is ALS? Many people have heard of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS. It is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that affects strength and movement. ALS affects the neurons connect our brain to the rest of our body and control movement. In ALS, the neurons break down. While it can be genetic 10% of the time, 90% of the time it is spontaneous. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, which makes it difficult to treat.  What are the treatment options? Treatment normally includes includes physical therapy, speech therapy, social work, nursing, and other resources. There is only one medication that is formally approved to treat ALS, called Riluzole. Riluzole has been shown to slow the progression of ALS. It is neuroprotective, meaning it protects the neurons that are still there, and reduces the spasmodic qualities of the muscles affected by ALS. Research is being done on new

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ALS

What is ALS?

Many people have heard of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS. This disease was originally made famous by Lou Gehrig, and more recently by the Ice Bucket Challenge. It is a neurodegenerative disease that affects strength and movement. Our movement is controlled by neurons. Neurons connect our brain to the rest of our body. In ALS, the neurons break down.  This can be caused by genetics, but it is much more often spontaneous. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, which makes it difficult to treat. What are the early symptoms? Everyone experiences ALS differently, especially when the disease first presents. It most often presents itself in people that are 50-70 years old, more commonly in men than women. People most often experience weakness in their hands in feet. Because ALS affects neurons in both the brain and the limbs, it can cause a mix of weakness. Some

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