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  • California woman holds party before ending her life

    08/11/2016 1:56:20 PM PDT · by rey · 94 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 11 Aug 2016
    In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness." And just one rule: No crying in front of her. The 41-year-old artist with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, held the gathering to say farewell before becoming one of the first Californians to take a take a lethal dose of drugs under the state's new doctor-assisted suicide law for the terminally ill.
  • Kevin Turner, 1969-2016: Former Alabama, NFL fullback known for toughness, versatility

    03/24/2016 2:27:10 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies (Alabama) ^ | 03/24/2016 | Creg Stephenson
    Former Alabama and NFL fullback Kevin Turner, who died Thursday after a long battle with the neurodegenerative disease ALS, is perhaps best remembered his toughness and versatility as a player and later his perseverance in fighting a deadly illness. Turner, who was 46, played fullback at Alabama from 1988-91. He then spent eight seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, retiring after the 1999 season.
  • Scientists Connect Brain to a Basic Tablet—Paralyzed Patient Googles With Ease

    10/25/2015 11:38:03 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 34 replies ^ | 10/25/2015 | Shelly Fan
    Scientists Connect Brain to a Basic Tablet—Paralyzed Patient Googles With Ease
  • Diver Dave was called home Sunday morning.

    08/16/2015 10:00:00 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 253 replies
    8-16-2015 | JustAmy. MamaBear
    Graphic by MamaBear After fighting ALS for several months, on Sunday morning Diver Dave was called home to Jesus' loving arms. According to his family, he is having a great reunion with his parents, his oldest sister, his parents-in-law and many others including many FReepers. As we recall what a Patriot Diver Dave was, it seems appropriate that he joined FreeRepublic July 4, 1998. Dave loved this country and our troops. Many times, he drove 2 hours each way to join the Fresno Freepers in support of our troops. Dave had a very strong faith that was an inspiration...
  • How a Former NFL Star with ALS Finds Small Victories Every Day

    05/25/2015 6:12:11 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    yahoo ^ | 5-20-15 | Savita Iyer
    <p>Every few days, Chie Smith, a former cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, chops, dices, and blends together a selection of fresh, raw vegetables, cooked wild salmon, and quinoa in her Richardson, Texas, home.</p> <p>The smooth puree that she portions out into equal servings are for her husband, former NFL player Steve Smith, 50, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2002 and has been using a feeding tube since 2006.</p>
  • Comrades Get to Torture Ransom

    12/27/2014 3:36:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 26, 2014 | John Ransom
    I have selfish reasons to do the Ice Bucket Challenge this year.To get the basement dwellers up to speed: The Ice Bucket Challenge is where a person has an ice bucket with water dumped over his head to benefit the ALS Association. In my case, I will make a donation over $100 to ALSA, and ask others I challenge to make any donation whatever or get the bucket dumped oj them… or better yet, take the bucket, make a donation and challenge others to do the same.I also give a chance to comrades to torture me with this modified version...
  • Prayers are requested for Diver Dave

    09/29/2014 1:30:52 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 171 replies
    9-29-2014 | JustAmy
  • The Abortion Bucket Challenge

    09/12/2014 7:09:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | September 12, 2014 | Mike Adams
    Dear Megan (Marzec): I am writing to express my extreme disappointment with your recent actions as Ohio University’s (OU) student senate president. In my constitutionally protected opinion, you have exhibited some serious anti-Semitic tendencies. You have also come across as an unprincipled opportunist. Of course, I am referring to the manner in which you responded to the charge from OU President Roderick McDavis to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Instead of taking it seriously, you decided to douse yourself in fake blood in order to make a grossly ill-timed political statement. According to my friends at Campus Reform,...
  • Megapastors take Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS—but where did the money go?

    09/09/2014 8:43:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life Site ^ | Dustin Siggins
    Last week, several prominent megapastors took the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge. A LifeSiteNews inquiry into whether the pastors donated to the ALS Association or another organization found that the pastors were, for the most part, unwilling to publicize where their monetary support went. In challenge videos reported by the Christian Post, Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church; Jentezen Franklin, pastor of Free Chapel; Life Without Limbs ministry leader Nick Vujicic; Dr. Ed Young, pastor of Second Baptist Church Houston; and TD Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House, all promoted ALS research donations. However, only Young's spokesperson provided donation details...
  • The dark side of the Ice Bucket Challenge

    09/07/2014 7:19:11 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 31 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | September 2, 2014 | Selena Owens
    [...] Satanic ritual? Yes. Rituals abound in “Christian” America. Whenever spectators watch singers like Beyonce, JayZ, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and especially Nicki Minaj, they are indoctrinated and involved with blatantly satanic rituals that stem from the deep abyss of the occult. Some of these very same artists have taken the ALS IBC. Gaga doesn’t utter a word as she baptizes herself, arrayed in a sexy black leotard, sporting black lips, perched in an ornate black chair. Gaga doesn’t use a bucket; she instead uses a large silver bowl associated with pagan worship. Do you think she would take the IBC...
  • Catholic Church Warns Pro-Lifers About Ice Bucket Challenge Donations

    08/25/2014 5:46:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | 8-25-2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Unfortunately, as LifeNews has documented, there is a chance your donation to The ALS Association could be used to support embryonic stem cell research. ALSA has confirmed it supports research involving the destruction of unborn human life to find cures for the disease. In an email to Religion News Service, Carrie Munk, a spokeswoman for the ALS Association, said that the organization primarily funds adult stem cell research. “Currently, The Association is funding one study using embryonic stem cells (ESC), and the stem cell line was established many years ago under ethical guidelines set by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders...
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Do You Know What You Are Supporting?

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the ALS Association is sweeping the nation, and going viral in social media. However, do you know what you are supporting if you contribute funds to the ALS Association? The ALS Association describes their “mission”: Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life...
  • Sarah Palin - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Politician)

    08/23/2014 3:48:57 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 35 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/23/14 | Sarah Palin
    Sarah Palin - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (Politician) Sarah Palin - ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I accept Wasilla Arctic Cat’s #icebucketchallenge to #strikeoutALS and will donate to the Pete Frates #3 Fund. Watch my video to see whom I challenge. Hat tip to actor Patrick Stewart for reminding everyone with his video that the donation is the most important part of the #icebucketchallenge, not the frivolous water-tossing theatrics that those of us who are more thoughtfully serious choose to forgo. Find out more about #ALS and learn the story behind the #icebucketchallenge here: and here: Next up, it's...
  • Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

    08/22/2014 1:33:28 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 9 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/22/14 | John Stegeman
    Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school’s campus. The challenge has taken the nation by storm to raise money in support of research into the disease, which is formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no proven treatments. In the challenge, people are asked to share videos through...
  • Pamela Anderson, Carey Hart Slam ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Online Rants

    08/21/2014 2:46:52 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Us Weekly ^ | August 21, 2014 | Javy Rodriguez
    Cool it! While Hollywood has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in droves, uploading often-creative, LOL videos and nominating each other, Pamela Anderson and Carey Hart took to their social media pages to criticize the viral campaign, meant to raise funds for Lou Gehrig's disease research. On Wednesday Aug. 20, Anderson, a longtime supporter of animal rights, posted a Facebook message criticizing ALS researchers for their research practices... The next morning, on Thursday, Aug. 21, Hart similarly railed against those who have hopped on the ice bucket bandwagon...
  • Nancy Pelosi Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    08/20/2014 3:06:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    If you haven’t heard, people are pouring buckets of ice water over their heads to raise money and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Nancy Pelosi has accepted the challenge! Pictures on link!!!!!!
  • Newly identified bone marrow stem cells reveal markers for ALS

    07/09/2013 3:50:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | July 9, 2013 | NA
    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating motor neuron disease that rapidly atrophies the muscles, leading to complete paralysis. Despite its high profile—established when it afflicted the New York Yankees' Lou Gehrig—ALS remains a disease that scientists are unable to predict, prevent, or cure. Although several genetic ALS mutations have been identified, they only apply to a small number of cases. The ongoing challenge is to identify the mechanisms behind the non-genetic form of the disease and draw useful comparisons with the genetic forms.Now, using samples of stem cells derived from the bone marrow of non-genetic ALS patients, Prof. Miguel...
  • Former Allman Brothers guitarist Dan Toler dies

    02/25/2013 12:05:25 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | February 25, 2013 | Wade Tatangelo
    A nationally acclaimed guitar great and cherished member of the Sarasota-Bradenton music scene has passed. "Dangerous" Dan Toler – former guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman Band and Dickey Betts’ Great Southern group – died today at age 65, according to Gregg Allman Band mate and close friend Chaz Trippy. Toler was battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and living in the Whitfield area of Manatee County.
  • Prayers for my Brother who has been told he has ALS

    05/05/2012 3:46:52 PM PDT · by calex59 · 115 replies
    Me | 5/5/2012 | Me
    My brother has just been diagnosed with ALS(Lou Gherig's disease). I would like to request Prayers for him.
  • RPOF chairman Dave Bitner has died

    09/09/2011 9:28:08 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 6 replies
    St. Petersburg Times via ^ | 8 September 2011 | St. Pete Times staff
    From Republican Party of Florida vice chair Lenny Curry: With sadness and a heavy heart, I must report that Florida has lost a great leader and public servant. Today, the Republican Party of Florida’s Chairman Dave Bitner lost his courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).It has been the honor of a lifetime to work by Chairman Bitner’s side. Not only was Dave a born leader, he was an exemplary man in every sense. In honor of his example, I am committed to ensure that the Republican Party of Florida continues its tradition of service to our beloved state.I ask...
  • Florida Republican Party chair to resign

    08/31/2011 8:20:29 PM PDT · by NautiNurse · 10 replies
    Florida Courier ^ | 31 August 2011 | Fcadmin
    Republican Party of Florida Chairman David Bitner said Wednesday he would resign because of health concerns, a surprising move that sent the party looking for its fourth leader in less than two years. "At the time I first discussed my health with you, I also made a promise that I would serve as the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida only as long as I could do so with all the energy and attention this position deserves," Bitner, who revealed in April that he had been diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, wrote in a letter...
  • Researchers Say They've Found Common Cause of All Types of ALS

    (HealthDay News) -- The apparent discovery of a common cause of all forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) could give a boost to efforts to find a treatment for the fatal neurodegenerative disease, a new study contends. Scientists have long struggled to identify the underlying disease process of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and weren't even sure that a common disease process was associated with all forms of ALS. In this new study, Northwestern University researchers said they found that the basis of ALS is a malfunctioning protein recycling system in the neurons of the brain and spinal...
  • Major ALS breakthrough (and Alzheimer's?)

    08/21/2011 1:27:07 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | August 21, 2011 | Unknown
    Researchers discover common cause of all forms of ALSCHICAGO --- The underlying disease process of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease), a fatal neurodegenerative disease that paralyzes its victims, has long eluded scientists and prevented development of effective therapies. Scientists weren't even sure all its forms actually converged into a common disease process. But a new Northwestern Medicine study for the first time has identified a common cause of all forms of ALS. The basis of the disorder is a broken down protein recycling system in the neurons of the spinal cord and the brain. Optimal functioning of...
  • Former heavyweight boxing contender LeDoux dies at 62

    08/11/2011 8:08:07 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Former world heavyweight boxing contender and Minnesota Duluth football lineman Scott LeDoux died this afternoon at his home in Coon Rapids, Minn., at age 62 after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • BC judge fast tracks demand for assisted suicide by Lou Gehrig’s disease patient

    08/05/2011 5:47:31 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/4/11 | Jeremy Kryn
    VANCOUVER, Canada, August 4, 2011 ( – A British Columbia Supreme Court Justice agreed Wednesday to fast track the lawsuit of a Lou Gehrig’s disease sufferer seeking doctor-assisted suicide. The lawsuit is one of two cases currently challenging Canada’s law against euthanasia and assisted suicide, over a year after a legislative bid to overturn the law suffered overwhelming defeat. Gloria Taylor was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition in 2009. A B.C. Civil Liberties Association affidavit, which detailed Taylor’s medical conditions, states that Ms. Taylor was told in January of 2010 that she was likely to die within one year, reports...
  • Ex-Gov Cellucci diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease

    01/06/2011 1:32:39 PM PST · by massmike · 30 replies ^ | 01/06/2011 | AP
    Paul Cellucci, the former Massachusetts governor and U.S. ambassador to Canada, announced today he has a relatively slowly progressing case of Lou Gehrig’s disease. "I’ve had symptoms for four years," the 62-year-old Cellucci said in a statement to The Associated Press. Despite some weakness, he said, "I am feeling quite well." Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, attacks the brain and spine and usually is detected after muscle weakness. It progresses to complete paralysis, is incurable and is always fatal. Each year the disease, nicknamed for the New York Yankees player who died of it, kills about 5,000 Americans.
  • Blue-green algae tested for treating ALS (spirulina)

    12/21/2010 9:00:47 AM PST · by decimon · 7 replies
    University of South Florida (USF Health) ^ | December 21, 2010 | Unknown
    Ancient food source may offer neuroprotectionNutritional supplementation with Spirulina, a nutrient-rich, blue-green algae, appeared to provide neuroprotective support for dying motor neurons in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, University of South Florida neuroscientists have found. Although more research is needed, they suggest that a spirulina-supplemented diet may provide clinical benefits for ALS patients. A spirulina dietary supplement was shown to delay the onset of motor symptoms and disease progression, reducing inflammatory markers and motor neuron death in a G93A mouse model of ALS. Spirulina, an ancient food source used by the...
  • With love, teens face a deadly diagnosis (Tissue alert)

    12/18/2010 3:17:00 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 10 replies
    Charter home page ^ | 12/18/2010 | ALLEN G. BREED
    JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — As she walked through the door, Sabrina Parker's big hazel eyes flared with surprise and she raised a hand to her mouth to stifle a gasp. She was a huge fan of the "Twilight" book and movie series, and her friends and family had transformed this greasy garage into a Sweet 16's dream. Homemade strobe lights illuminated walls decorated like the night sky and plastered with cast posters. All around were balloons in red, white and black. An enormous cake, iced to look like the chess board on one of the book jackets, held 16 blazing...
  • Study Says Brain Trauma Can Mimic Lou Gehrig’s Disease

    08/17/2010 9:48:19 AM PDT · by DFG · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/17/10 | Alan Schwarz
    In the 71 years since the Yankees slugger Lou Gehrig declared himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” despite dying from a disease that would soon bear his name, he has stood as America’s leading icon of athletic valor struck down by random, inexplicable fate. A peer-reviewed paper to be published Wednesday in a leading journal of neuropathology, however, suggests that Gehrig’s demise — and that of some other athletes and soldiers given a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease — might have been catalyzed by injuries only now becoming understood: concussions...
  • Charlie Wedemeyer Dies

    06/03/2010 2:29:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 374+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Thu, Jun 3, 2010 | LORI PREUITT
    There is sadness in the South Bay today as people begin to learn the news that Charlie Wedemeyer has died. He died Thursday morning. Wedemeyer was a long time football coach at Los Gatos High School who was diagnosed with ALS back in 1978. He survived longer than most with the debilitating disease that slowly took away the use of his body. Over the past decades he and his wife Lucy became a motivational team. When he lost his voice, Lucy was able to interpret his words by the slight movement of his lips during countless Bay Area speaking engagements....
  • Pope Benedict to receive paralyzed artist’s portrait of Fr. Damien

    10/09/2009 10:34:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 980+ views
    cna ^ | October 9, 2009
    Peggy Chun's portrait of Blessed Father Damien Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2009 / 06:24 am (CNA).- As the October 11 canonization of the Fr. Damien de Veuster approaches, an art teacher is leading a small group from Hawaii to Rome to present Pope Benedict XVI with a portrait of the saint painted by an artist paralyzed by Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS.Fr. Damien, a hero to Hawaiians, ministered to a major leper colony on Molokai where he contracted and eventually succumbed to leprosy in the late nineteenth century.The late artist Peggy Chun had created the artwork with...
  • Veterans Wrongly Told They Have Fatal Disease

    08/25/2009 8:49:15 AM PDT · by edpc · 12 replies · 1,002+ views
    AP via Fox News ^ | 25 Aug 2009 | AP
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Air Force reservist Gale Reid received a letter from the Veterans Affairs Department that told her she had Lou Gehrig's disease, and she immediately put herself through a battery of painful, expensive tests. Five days later, the VA said its "diagnosis" was a mistake.
  • Healing ‘gift’ from Lourdes visit frees ALS victim from wheelchair (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2009 5:39:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 500+ views
    cna ^ | August 25, 2009
    The grotto at Lourdes where the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette Turin, Italy, Aug 25, 2009 / 12:03 am (CNA).- A woman who suffered from a severe nerve disease now no longer uses her wheelchair and has even gone for a run, after she visited to Lourdes earlier in August. The woman credits the baths at Lourdes for the ‘gift’ of her improved health.Antonia Raco, 50, had been in a wheelchair for four years because of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She made a trip to the shrine at Lourdes on August 5.''Ever...
  • 1200 vets mistakenly told they’re dying from ALS

    08/24/2009 12:03:48 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 50 replies · 2,610+ views ^ | August 24, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Just as the Obama administration tries to reassure people that the government can manage the health-care system more competently than what we have now, one of its single-payer systems demonstrates exactly what we can expect from ObamaCare. The VA mistakenly informed 1200 veterans that they have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a 100% fatal condition. They blamed it on a “coding error” (via JWF): At least 1,200 veterans across the country have been mistakenly told by the Veterans Administration that they suffer from a fatal neurological disease. One of the leaders of a Gulf War...
  • Health Care Here And Over There

    08/12/2009 5:37:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 788+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: If the world's most famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, is a shining example of British health care, how is it that others in the U.K. are repeatedly denied critical care and medicine?In commenting on efforts to overhaul American's health care system, we have tried to pull back the curtain and pay attention to those trying to clone the systems of Canada and Britain. But supporters of government-run health care frequently ignore some of the less-pleasant facts. Much has been made of this statement in one of our Aug. 3 editorials: "People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn't have a chance...
  • Words To Live By (Lou Gehrig's Farewell: July 4, 1939)

    07/04/2009 10:32:07 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 4 replies · 439+ views
    The National Post (Canada) ^ | July 4, 2009 | Joe O'Connor
    It is easy to find a clip of the speech on YouTube, consisting of just a few short lines captured on a long ago day by the television cameras. The Lou Gehrig we see in black and white at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939 is movie-star handsome: tall, seemingly strong, a New York Yankee through and through. Joe McCarthy, the Yankees manager, takes Gehrig by the elbow and leads him to a bank of microphones behind home plate. The crowd of 61,000 gets to its feet. The emotion in the moment is obvious. Gehrig - native New Yorker, two-time...
  • Assisted suicide foe dies of ALS

    05/30/2009 11:54:33 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 52 replies · 1,151+ views ^ | 5/26/09 |
    A man who was featured in ads and on TV opposing Washington state’s assisted suicide Iniative 1000 died of ALS last week. The group True Compassion Advocates says John Peyton died at home on Thursday, the same day Linda Fleming of Sequim woman became the first person to die under the "Death with Dignity" law. Eileen Geller, president of True Compassion Advocates, a group that was against the law, called Peyton a hero in life and in death. “He showed us how to live with real dignity and die naturally and comfortably. He literally gave his last breaths to advocate...
  • Fighting for a Last Chance at Life

    05/17/2009 7:29:46 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 1,146+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 16, 2009 | Amy Harmon
    As Lou Gehrig’s disease sapped Joshua Thompson of his ability to move and speak last fall, he consistently summoned one question from within the prison of his own body. “Iplex,” he asked, in a whisper that pierced his mother’s heart. “When?” Iplex had never been tested in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the formal name for the fatal disease that had struck Joshua, 34, in late 2006. Developed for a different condition and banished from the market by a patent dispute, it was not for sale to the public anywhere in the world. But Kathy Thompson had vowed to get...
  • ALS Man: 'Don't Kill to Save Me'

    03/16/2009 1:49:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 337+ views
    NCR ^ | March 16, 2009
    A baby who as an embryo was frozen for years at a California clinic. Obama has ordered tax money be used for fatal experiments on such human embryos. CNS/Reuters 1998 photo “ALS victim opposes stem cell research,” reads today’s headline. It tells the story of Jim McKevitt who uses what few abilities he has left — he can still move his fingers — to track the opposition: ” individuals and interest groups who beat the drum to try to force Washington to approve federal funds to finance the use of embryos to harvest stem cells for research.” The...
  • ALS Man: 'Don't Kill to Save Me'

    03/16/2009 9:02:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 479+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | Monday, March 16, 2009
    Daily Blog ALS Man: 'Don't Kill to Save Me' BY Daily Blog Monday, March 16, 2009 9:21 AM “ALS victim opposes stem cell research,” reads today’s headline. It tells the story of Jim McKevitt who uses what few abilities he has left — he can still move his fingers — to track the opposition: ” individuals and interest groups who beat the drum to try to force Washington to approve federal funds to finance the use of embryos to harvest stem cells for research.” The 71-year-old, says the story, is “appalled by the groundswell of support for...
  • Nerve cells made from elderly patient’s skin cells

    07/31/2008 6:02:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 200+ views
    Nature News ^ | 31 July 2008 | Monya Baker
    Reprogrammed cells may offer insight into neurodegenerative disease. Skin cells from an elderly patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have been ‘reprogrammed’ to generate motor neurons, the type of nerve cells that die as the disease progresses. It is the first time that an induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell line has been created from a patient with a genetic illness (J. T. Dimos et al. Science doi:10.1126/science.1158799; 2008). Like embryonic stem cells, iPS cells have the potential to develop into almost any of the body’s cell types and offer new disease insights. Patient-specific motor neurons, with a transcription factor called...
  • Today in History: Lou Gehrig, afflicted w/ ALS, bids farewell to fans at Yankee Stdm (July 04, 1939)

    07/04/2008 12:53:02 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 14 replies · 835+ views
    Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech "Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. "Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest...
  • Adult Stem Cells to treat ALS

    06/29/2008 7:40:45 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 1,595+ views
    exacom ^ | 05.27.08
    Adult Stem Cells to treat ALS: UBC Study Vancouver researchers pioneer safe pathway to slow ALS using stem cells A unique pilot study has established a safe pathway for using bone-marrow stem cells to slow down and potentially treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease without cure. The study, published in the journal, Muscle & Nerve and led by Dr. Neil Cashman, professor of neurology at The University of British Columbia and director of the ALS program at Vancouver Coastal Health and VCH Research Institute, tested the use of a growth factor stimulant in ALS patients and found...
  • Another Stem Cell Disinformation Alert

    06/27/2008 8:39:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 102+ views ^ | 06.26.08
    The promoters of embryonic stem cell enterprises continue to tout soon to come “breakthroughs” accompanied by supine media coverage and inaccurate statements by “the scientists” who twist and distort scientific definitions to win a political debate. Such spin in the name of science, actually corrupts science. Latest example: Another company is claiming that “next year” it will start human ESC trials. From a column by Orange County Register “biomedical innovation” columnist Colin Stewart, who has apparently drunk the Kool-Aid. First there is his cruelly hyped headline: “ALS patients could get help from stem cells next year:” From his column:...
  • Prayer for friend with ALS

    05/13/2008 8:57:51 AM PDT · by luckymom · 28 replies · 96+ views
    Please join me in prayer for a dear man of faith who was recently diagnosed with ALS. He is married, 58 years old, and has 3 kids, 10, 13, and 15. Please pray for his and his family's patience, unwavering faith, as well as guidance for treatment. Also, if anyone out there has suggestions for those of us who care about this man, please let us know what we might do to help without being overbearing but lovingly helpful and encouraging. Thank you all.
  • Researcher with ALS finds solace in expertise

    03/23/2008 12:50:05 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 567+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/22/08 | Sabin Russell
    From the living room of Dr. Richard Olney's Corte Madera home, sliding glass doors offer a wide-open view of the tidal marsh in front of his house, of passing clouds and of the shorebirds that fly in and fly out. Inside, the man who once rode mountain bikes and ran triathlons sits nearly motionless in his wheelchair. He watches the world with the same intense intellectual curiosity that made him one of the nation's leading experts in ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - popularly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Since 2004, ALS has been slowly killing him. Of unknown origin,...
  • Pulling the Plug

    12/02/2007 3:16:18 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 112+ views
    2 December 2007 | vanity
    This is the title of an article in the current issue of Forbes. It is written by John J. Parris: Jesuit Priest and Professor of Bioethics at Boston College. The article starts with a problem. In 1999 a patient was admitted with Lou Gehrig's disease. The patient indicated she should be kept alive until she could no longer enjoy her family. She eventually became unresponsive. Her daughter refused the hospital's wish to terminate life support. A lengthy (10 month) court battle ensued. The daughter opposed but eventually was faced with the hospital taking the position (Court approved) that the daughter...
  • Hadassah uses stem cells for MS, ALS patients

    11/26/2007 8:08:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 706+ views
    The Jerusalem Post. ^ | Nov 22, 2007 | JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
    Neurologists at Jerusalem's Hadassah-University Hospital, Ein Kerem, are the first in the world to help multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients by injecting their spinal columns with large numbers of adult stem cells taken from their bone marrow and multiplied in culture. The clinical trial, while "encouraging" and "promising," remains highly experimental, as all the patients have undergone a single injection with no untreated control group for comparison. With the first patients having received it two years ago, it is too early to know how successful it will be in the long term. Prof. Dimitrios Karousis, a...
  • (Vanity) R.I.P. Dad your long battle is finally over

    08/09/2007 11:59:36 AM PDT · by Brainhose · 24 replies · 309+ views
    Lake Titicaca | Today | Brainhose
    Yesterday morning 8/8/07 @ 6AM my father lost his 5 year struggle against ALS,He was very smart, and was a self made man who provided very well for his family through hard work and very shrewd stock investments.He will be sorely missed by familyand a myriad of friends.All through his struggle with a terrible disease he never lost his sense of humor.I've been helping care for him 24/7 for the last 2 years and I now have a gaping hole in my heart that cannot be filled. He made me the die-hard conservative that I am todayMy only solace is...
  • A Risk in Cholesterol Drugs Is Detected, but Is It Real?

    07/03/2007 3:00:09 PM PDT · by Dysart · 41 replies · 1,405+ views
    WSJ ^ | 7-3-07 | Avery Johnson
    As he examined data on a computer one day last fall, drug-safety reviewer Ralph Edwards saw something that concerned him: Of 172 people in his database who developed Lou Gehrig's disease or something similar while taking prescription medicines, 40 had been on statins, the huge-selling cholesterol drugs. Dr. Edwards, director of the World Health Organization's drug-monitoring center, has amassed about four million reports of medical problems experienced by people taking prescription drugs. His job is to sift through these so-called adverse events, looking for "signals" of potential side effects. The number of Lou Gehrig's cases associated with statins struck Dr....