New study gives hope to ALS patients
POSTED: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 1:29pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 7:39am
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — It's being called a medical breakthrough - a new study on ALS finds a cause for the fatal disease for the very first time.
Researchers at Northwestern University have tracked the breakdown in the brain, to one specific protein; one that keeps our neurons functioning.
The study will likely change ALS research, concentrating efforts to find a cure.
Kevin Kelty was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. He is excited about the findings, saying studies like this will protect his children from inheriting ALS.
"For a guy like me, frankly, I don't know if they'll find a drug in time to help me. But they'll definitely find a drug in time for the next generation."
Dr. Joseph Acosta says the study is huge. He practices Neurology at the Neuromedical Center in Baton Rouge. Dr. Acosta says this study could lead to a vaccine to help ALS patients.
The findings could also benefit patients with other neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.