Cedars-Sinai Study of Lou Gehrig’s Disease Shifts ‘Origin’ Focus to Brain’s Motor Neurons

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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 18, 2014) — Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, might damage muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain earlier in the disease process than previously known, according to research from the Cedars-Sinai  Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute. The findings could shift researchers’ attention from the spinal cord to the brain’s motor cortex as the disease’s initial point of dysfunction.

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