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Epi Epi Epi, Oi Oi Oi

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mention the word Epidemiology and instantly my mind conjures up the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in America being swarmed by zombies or men in bright orange astronaut-type suits in The Crazies.  While it’s true that it includes studying highly infectious diseases and how they spread (zombies and end of world scenarios aside!), it can…

Pesticides linked to increased risk of developing MND

Reading Time: 3 minutes The results from a study looking at the possible links between exposure to environmental toxins (found in pesticides) and motor neurone disease (MND) was published yesterday (9 May) in the journal JAMA Neurology. A group of researchers from the University of Michigan, led by Dr Feng-Chiao Su and Dr Eva Feldman, have found that exposure…

Changing the way we think about the causes of MND

Reading Time: 3 minutes Adult onset condition, those with genetic mutations associated with the disease don’t get it until they’re adults, starts in one place and then it spreads, once it occurs the progression is usually relentless….   what condition am I describing? Professor Neil Pearce’s point in his talk at the opening session of the International Symposium on…

Lessons learnt from cancer – identifying the causes of MND

Reading Time: 4 minutes Published in Lancet Neurology on 7 October 2014, Association-funded researcher, Prof Ammar Al-Chalabi based at King’s College London, and an international team of researchers have used a new approach to study the causes of MND. Under the leadership of Prof Neil Pearce, based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, researchers have used a mathematical…

Physical activity and MND – is there a link?

Reading Time: 5 minutes The results of new research investigating a link between physical activity and MND was presented by the University of Sheffield research group in the late-breaking news session on the last day of the 24th International Symposium on ALS/MND. Under the leadership of Prof Pam Shaw, along with Dr Chris McDermott, MND Association-funded researcher Dr Ceryl Harwood presented…