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

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)

Listen Up Everybody!  Singing Along to the Radio Can Cure Your Snoring

Listen Up Everybody! Singing Along to the Radio Can Cure Your Snoring

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Check out six tricks to help you if you have a SNORING problem . . .

  1. Sing along to the radio. A study in 2013 found that people who sing a lot are less likely to snore, because it strengthens your throat muscles.
  2. Sew a tennis ball into the back of a t-shirt. Sleeping on a tennis ball won’t do anything, but the point is you WON’T sleep on it. You’re just much more likely to snore if you’re on your back. And the tennis ball forces you to sleep on your side instead.
  3. Do some tongue aerobics. Just stick your tongue out and try to touch your chin . . . then try to touch your nose . . . then repeat it.
  4. Put a big book under your mattress. If it’s under your head, it forces you to sit up a little, which can stop you from snoring. You can also do it with an extra pillow, but there’s a chance you’ll toss it off your bed in the middle of the night.
  5. Clean your bedroom. Dust and other allergens can stuff you up at night, so you have to breathe through your mouth, and you’re more likely to snore.
  6. Wear compression socks. It can help with sleep apnea, because it prevents fluid from building up in your lower legs during the day. A recent study found that when you lie down, that fluid can shift to your neck area, and make you snore.

(Daily Mail)