Lou Gehrig's Disease Rates Higher in Vets
the MPR take:
US veterans have an almost 60% greater risk of contracting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, compared to civilians. The Pentagon has agreed to fund $7.5 million annually in research on ALS causes and treatments, including $2.5 million this year to the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute in Los Angeles. Cedars institute head Clive Svendsen theorizes that the military's extreme physical demands may trigger ALS in veterans who are genetically vulnerable to the disease. Svenden's research will study the role of protein injections in slowing disease progression.
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