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UK researchers track genetic trail of ALS; one form found most common around Cumberland Gap

Two University of Kentucky researchers are on the genetic trail of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Their detective story has not reached its end, but it is told in fascinating fashion by Eric Boodman of Stat, the medicine-and-science publication of The Boston Globe. The story is based around the Cumberland Gap, where Kentucky meets Tennessee and Virginia....

Former Wildcat football standout Talbott Todd faces new opponent in battle against ALS

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward Everyday, approximately 15 people learn they have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurological disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord, eventually stealing from its victims the ability to walk, dress, write, speak, swallow and breathe. Most ALS patients die within five years of diagnosis, and currently,...

ALS patient advocate hopes free screening of documentary Gleason will inspire others

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward In August 2014, three young men living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) inspired the world to dump buckets of ice water on their heads as a gesture of solidarity and support. While the “Ice Bucket Challenge” raised money for and awareness of the disease, many people still don’t know much about ALS except that baseball great Lou Gehrig...