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Can new understandings about RNA granules explain types of ALS?


Over the past several years, ALS researchers have learned that little structures in motor neurons called RNA granules are one of the most common biological differences in people with ALS and frontotemporal dementia compared to people without those diseases. These...

Posted in: Research

Does a previously unstudied protein play an important role in ALS?


A protein called TDP-43 is usually found inside the cell nucleus where it plays an essential role in regulating many cellular processes. But in 97 per cent of people with ALS and nearly half of the people with frontotemporal dementia,...

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Celebrating Your Impact: ALS Canada Volunteers


In celebration of 2019 National Volunteer Week #NVW2019, you’ve heard from volunteers who support the work of ALS Canada in different ways.  You’ve read about what they do, why they do it and about memorable experiences they’ve made along the...

Posted in: Advocacy

Can antibodies help diagnosis ALS faster?


Current methods for diagnosing ALS can take up to two years and rely heavily on ruling out other conditions that share similar signs and symptoms. It is believed that by the time ALS is diagnosed, therapies may be less effective...

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Does a viral infection play a role in ALS onset and progression?


A group of viruses called enteroviruses usually cause mild illnesses with symptoms that may include fever, respiratory issues and flu-like muscle aches, similar to the common cold. However, some can cause more serious health problems, such as enterovirus D68 that...

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ALS Research Update | March 2019


Bringing you the latest news on advancements in ALS research, the ALS Canada Research Program team regularly summarizes what they believe are the most significant discoveries throughout the year. This is the first update for 2019. Researchers identify a potential...

Posted in: Research, Update