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Week 11
  • Rockport-Fulton 0 VS La Feria 0
    November 17
  • Sharyland Pioneer 0 VS Mercedes 0
    November 17
  • Brownsville Hanna 0 VS Edinburg Vela 0
    November 17
  • Brownsville Lopez 0 VS Mission Veterans Memorial 0
    November 17
  • Grulla 0 VS Pleasanton 0
    November 17
  • Weslaco East 0 VS PSJA High 0
    November 17
  • Santa Rosa 0 VS Goliad 0
    November 17
  • La Joya High 0 VS San Antonio Southwest 0
    November 17
  • Sharyland High 0 VS Brownsville Pace 0
    November 17
  • Laredo United South 0 VS McAllen Memorial 0
    November 17
  • McAllen Rowe 17 VS Laredo Alexander 42
    Final
  • Los Fresnos 34 VS Edinburg High 14
    Final
  • Edinburg North 7 VS San Benito 50
    Final

A Cure for ALS Might Be on the Way, and It’s Because of the Ice Bucket Challenge

The whole Ice Bucket Challenge thing was as much about vanity as it was charity. It mostly took off because people liked posting videos of themselves getting drenched in ice water on Facebook.

But it raised over $100 million, and it looks like that money might have ALREADY made a huge impact.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University now think they might be on their way to finding a CURE for ALS.

In a study published this month, they said they think they’ve figured out how a protein called TDP-43 might be responsible for the disease.

And they were able to do the study because of the Ice Bucket Challenge donations.

Basically, the protein clumps up inside the neurons of people with ALS, as well as 45% of people with a type of dementia called FTD, but scientists didn’t know why it mattered.

The new study found that TDP-43 is supposed to prevent cells from using the wrong genetic information to make other proteins. But it stops working when it clumps together, so the cells malfunction and die.

Now, it could be years before they figure out how to stop that from happening, so this might not help people who are currently suffering from ALS. And they want people to keep donating, because they’ll need more funding going forward. But they think this could eventually lead to a treatment, or even a cure.

 

 

(HopkinsMedicine.org / Science / Washington Post)