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Withdrawal of ventilation support at the request of a patient: the ethical, moral and legal issues


Motor neurone disease (MND) can cause weakness in the chest muscles involved in breathing. This leads to shortness of breath and symptoms including disturbed sleep and headaches. Ventilation support allows a person to breathe more efficiently and can also extend survival. The MND Association has funded research into respiratory management and ventilation support for people…… Continue reading Withdrawal of ventilation support at the request of a patient: the ethical, moral and legal issues

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MND Australia Research Meeting for 2014


The annual MND Australia Research Meeting for 2014 was held at The Florey Institute, University of Melbourne 27th November. There was an air of excitement at the meeting due to the recent world wide phenomenon that was ice bucket challenge, which has not only raised vital funds to allow much needed research in to the…… Continue reading MND Australia Research Meeting for 2014

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Conference report – A focus on astrocytes in MND research


Wendy Noble (King’s College London) who helped organise the Biochemical Society and British Neuroscience Association focused meeting “Astrocytes in Health and Neurodegenerative Disease”, Institute of Child Health, London, 28 – 29 April 2014, blogs about the event. Researchers from King’s College London, the University of Manchester and the University of California at Los Angeles organized…… Continue reading Conference report – A focus on astrocytes in MND research

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Biochemical Society & British Neuroscience Association Focused Meeting: Astrocytes in Health and Neurodegenerative Disease


The meeting covered multiple aspects of astrocyte biology, including sessions on Astrocyte-Neuron Interactions, Energy Metabolism and Astrocytes, Astrocyte Signalling Pathways, and individual sessions on the role of astrocytes in Motor Neurone Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and Lysosomal Storage Disorders. The Contribution of Astrocytes to Motor Neurone Disease session was opened by Siddharthan Chandran (University of Edinburgh),…… Continue reading Biochemical Society & British Neuroscience Association Focused Meeting: Astrocytes in Health and Neurodegenerative Disease

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Improved screening for cognitive change in ALS


Ah, Milano. Home of Armarni, The Last Supper and Panettone…in no particular order of importance, of course! This year Milan was also home to the annual International Symposium on ALS/MND. There was a plethora of high quality research on show this year, particularly at the clinical session on cognitive and psychological change in ALS. A…… Continue reading Improved screening for cognitive change in ALS