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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…

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…

Tissue biomarkers: Highlights from Glasgow

Reading Time: 3 minutes This blog is part of the ‘Highlights from Glasgow’ collection of articles, where you can read about the content of some of the talks and posters presented at the 29th International Symposium on ALS/MND. Around the globe, teams are working to find tissue biomarkers for MND and there some promising candidates coming through, some of…

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’…