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Everything in moderation: excessive nerve cell pruning leads to disease

Mechanism meant to maintain efficiency of brain network involved in neurodegenerative disease

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Published on : 08 Oct 2013

June is ALS Awareness Month

What is ALS?Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease in which progressive muscle weakness leads to paralysis. ALS is a result of the death of motor neurons (nerve cells) in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Most people survive less than five years following diagnosis, but a small percentage of patients live for ten years or even longer. So far, there is no cure.

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Published on : 13 Jun 2013