Most newsworthy research stories of 2017

In 2017, major scientific advances in Canada and internationally have led to significant and exciting progress in ALS research. Discoveries that increase our understanding of the disease are happening far more often than ever before and as a result many new experimental treatments are set to begin human clinical trials in the next few years. […]

Can a guardian protein protect motor neurons from toxicity in ALS?

Proteins are the workhorses inside cells, responsible for almost all cellular functions. To perform their tasks correctly, they must fold into the right 3D shapes. If they take on the wrong shape, they can stick together and form clumps. If the misfolded proteins are not removed by protective mechanisms in cells, they can cause toxic […]

A shift in perspective over the holidays

James and Madeleine have been married for 55 years. Their shared life together has included three children, six grandchildren, and a beloved cottage that has been in the family for over five decades. ALS has forced the family to make some adjustments. For example, since James was diagnosed with ALS in 2013, he has lost […]

Can probiotics play a protective role in ALS?

Probiotics are friendly, live bacteria that are good for the digestive system. You may be familiar with the digestive benefits of probiotics in foods like yogurt or kefir. Many scientists are investigating how changes in the composition of intestinal bacteria may play a role in a range of diseases including obesity, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease […]

Understanding if and how the body compensates for motor neuron loss in ALS

An electrical diagram of a building shows where all the electrical wires, fixtures and components are connected to an electrical system. When a circuit is faulty, it’s easy to identify the culprit because specific lights will not work. But the human nervous system is far more complicated. It is a living network of nerves that […]

Who does what?

If you are diagnosed with ALS in Ontario, you can access information, care and support through a few different sources: ALS Canada, your ALS clinic, and the LHIN (Local Health Integration Network, formerly known as the CCAC or Community Care Access Centre). Understanding the different role of each organization can help you decide who to […]