Motor neurone disease breakthrough revealed by researchers

On 8 October 2020, researchers revealed a significant breakthrough in the battle against Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Currently, they are working on new promising treatments which may be suitable for MND patients.

They believe the treatments will significantly decrease the progression of the condition, enabling another 10 years of life for people living with MND.

“The treatments will not cure the disease or stop it from starting, but they will slow the disease,” states a member of the research team, Professor Seth Masters.

The researchers found out how the inflammation in MND starts and discovered that by blocking an immune sensor, they could limit the inflammation in cells.

What is MND?

MND is a condition that affects people’s brains and nerves and makes a person severely weaken over time.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for MND. However, there are treatments available to aid in decreasing the influence it has on a person’s daily routine.

Some people living with the condition can live for many years, but MND can shorten life expectancy significantly.

It can afflict all adults of any age, but it is most common in people in their 60s to 70s.

In most cases, it is not hereditary. But having a close relative with MND or a related condition such as frontotemporal dementia, can occasionally mean you have more of a chance of getting it.

Symptoms

According to the NHS website, the following can happen gradually and may not be a cause for concern at first:

  • A week grip (dropping things regularly, finding it harder to do up buttons or zips and opening items)
  • Difficulty swallowing some foods
  • Finding it difficult to refrain from crying or laughing in inappropriate settings
  • Loss of weight, particularly in your arm and leg muscles over time
  • Muscle cramps and twitches
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness in your ankle or leg (tripping easily or finding it harder to walk upstairs)

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