Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Occupational Exposure to Silica May Increase Risk of ALS, Study Suggests

Occupational exposure to silica is linked to a significantly increased risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a population-based study suggests. The study “Multicentre, population-based, case-control study of particulates, combustion products and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis risk” was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. The cause of…

Gene Therapy Targeting SARM1 May Inhibit Neuron Degeneration in ALS, Mouse Study Shows

A gene therapy designed to block the activity of SARM1 protein prevented the loss of axons ­­­­— long projections that connect nerve cells and transport information ­­­­— making the therapy a potential strategy to reduce the loss of peripheral nerves in several neurodegenerative diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a mouse…