Entries by Lori Wangsgard

Adaptive Ski Day

The National Ability Center in Park City, Utah is a place where many people have their best day ever.  This center is a global leader for adaptive recreation, serving individuals with a wide range of disabilities.  The National Ability Center empowers individuals of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation […]

To ALS Patients: Put on Some Pounds

Most patients with ALS are encouraged to gradually gain weight.  Yes, you read that right.  It is important to prevent weight loss which could cause further muscle breakdown.  Weight gain is recommended at a gradual pace, about 1-2 pounds gained per month until Body Mass Index (BMI) is in the 25-30 range.  For a six […]

An Environmental Cause for ALS?

What does a map plotting patients with ALS look like? One such map shows that lakes with cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, may be linked to  ALS. Dr. Elijah Stommel and Dr. Tracie Caller of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center found that people living around a freshwater lake that has frequent blooms of cyanobacteria are up 25 […]

Promising ALS Copper-ATSM Treatments in Mice

New ALS research results from Oregon State University scientists may offer hope for a new kind of treatment for ALS.  The treatment uses a chemical compound called copper-ATSM.  The study recently published in the journal of Neurobiology of Disease shows significant results in treating laboratory mice with ALS.  The treatment has not been tested yet […]