ALS http://michiganradio.org en New bill makes supporting Lou Gehrig's disease research as easy as checking a box http://michiganradio.org/post/new-bill-makes-supporting-lou-gehrigs-disease-research-easy-checking-box <p>Michigan taxpayers may soon be able to support Alzheimer’s and ALS research with just a flick of a pen.</p><p>Last week, the Michigan House <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/House/pdf/2013-HIB-4084.pdf">passed a bill</a> that would create a checkoff form supporting unpaid caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, as well research and care for patients with ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.</p><p>By checking a box on their income tax form, Michigan residents could choose to give to the ALS of Michigan Fund, with money heading to research, patient services, and ALS clinics around the state.</p><p>The bill is expected to pass today in the state Senate.</p><p>But the provision supporting ALS research might raise some eyebrows, especially in light of Michigan’s contentious history with stem cell research.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:11:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13015 at http://michiganradio.org New bill makes supporting Lou Gehrig's disease research as easy as checking a box Stem cell research could offer relief for Lou Gehrig's disease http://michiganradio.org/post/stem-cell-research-could-offer-relief-lou-gehrigs-disease <p>Of all the medical diagnoses a physician can make, the diagnosis of ALS--<span class="st">amyotrophic</span><span class="st"> lateral sclerosis</span>--is one of the most devastating. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, medical researchers are hard at work seeking a cure or at least a way to ease the symptoms of this neurological disease.</p><p>The University of Michigan is in the forefront of this research. Researchers are asking the question, can stem cell injections delivered directly into the spine lessen the effects of ALS?</p><p>Researchers at the U of M hospital have recently wrapped up phase 1 of a critical trial exploring just how these stem cell injections work in patients with the deadly disease, and they have gotten the go-ahead to proceed with phase 2.</p><p>The head researcher of this ALS project, Dr. Eva Feldman joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. </em> Tue, 21 May 2013 20:38:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 12668 at http://michiganradio.org Stem cell research could offer relief for Lou Gehrig's disease