Health News: Scientists Create Animal Model for ALS Dementia
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In a new study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists created a mouse model with the trademark symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS Dementia). This new animal model will allow them to monitor test drugs for ALS and determine their impact on the brain.
The researchers in charge of the study believe they have successfully replicated various behavioral, neurophysiological and pathological changes in the mouse that mimic the form of dementia commonly linked with ALS in humans. “This new model will allow rapid testing and monitoring of drugs in real time,” stated Teepu Siddique, lead author and Northwestern scientist. “This will allow scientists to move quickly and accelerate the testing of drug therapies.”
ALS affects about 350,000 people worldwide, and the average survival rate for those with the disease is only three years. It is a progressive neurological condition that results in rapid decline in muscle function, speaking, swallowing, and breathing. Eventually, ALS leads to paralysis and death. There is currently no known cure.
Fortunately, the researchers are hopeful that their discoveries may lead to possible treatment options.
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