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Kennedy’s Disease vs ALS: How muscle patterns can aid diagnosis and perform as a novel biomarker

Kennedy’s Disease vs ALS: How muscle patterns can aid diagnosis and perform as a novel biomarker

Reading Time: 3 minutes Researchers from University College London led by Dr Pietro Fratta and Dr John Thornton found that muscle imaging can help distinguish Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) from Kennedy’s Disease based on the way specific muscle groups deteriorate in each condition. The method can also help assess the severity of the disease. ALS is a rapidly progressing…

How animals are helping to improve our understanding of MND

How animals are helping to improve our understanding of MND

Reading Time: 6 minutes ‘From antibiotics and insulin to blood transfusions and treatments for cancer or HIV, virtually every medical achievement in the past century has depended directly or indirectly on research using animals’ – from the Royal Society’s position statement on the use of animals in research. We know that talking about using animals in research is an…

Kennedy’s Disease: focus on muscle damage reveals key biomarker

Kennedy’s Disease: focus on muscle damage reveals key biomarker

Reading Time: 5 minutes Findings from the largest biomarker study of people with Kennedy’s Disease, published in the journal Neurology, found a predictive biomarker to help in differential diagnosis and tracking clinical progression. Led by Dr Pietro Fratta from University College London, the research team highlighted the importance of markers of muscle mass rather than neuronal damage in Kennedy’s…

MND research around the world

Reading Time: 7 minutes In the last decade, the MND Association has invested millions in research within the UK and across the world. We are a leader in the funding and promotion of cutting-edge MND research and, with over 30 years experience of identifying the most promising projects, we only fund and support scientific and medical research of the…

Lighthouse Project shines a beacon on HERVs and their role in ALS

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is recent evidence to suggest that Human Endogenous Retroviruses (HERVs) may be involved in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). HERV-K has been directly linked to motor neurone damage and has been found in the brain tissue of patients with ALS. The MND Association recently awarded a small grant to fund part of the ‘Lighthouse Project’…