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Breakthrough Treatment Stops ALS

If you or a loved one have ALS you already know how it can flip your life upside down.

This progressive condition kills your nerve cells and makes it impossible to talk, walk, or even chew.

And while some people – like Stephen Hawking – can live with the disease for a long time, most folks only live 2-5 years after symptoms start.

But it doesn’t have to be this way any longer.

Groundbreaking new research has uncovered a breakthrough therapy that actually stops ALS at a cellular level.

Here’s what you’ll want to know…

For years, mainstream medicine has blamed ALS on your genetics.

They’ve insisted that if you have the wrong genes… you’re doomed.

But now we know that’s NOT TRUE.

New research, from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, has discovered the true villain behind this devastating disease – a toxic TDP-43 protein.

Studies have found that 97 percent of ALS patients have toxic TDP-43 buildups and it’s considered a key driver of ALS.

In the study, researchers found that when TDP-43 cells clump together they KILL your nerve cells, which ultimately causes ALS symptoms.

But they also found that these dangerous TDP-43 deposits only form in the absence of special molecules called RNA binding partners.

After seeing this, the scientists developed a different molecule that mimics an RNA binding partner and specifically targets and attaches to TDP-43.

And the approach worked!

The proteins didn’t form deposits in the presence of the “fake” RNA binding partners and the nerve cells continued to live.

The Pittsburgh team hopes to develop similar molecules as a treatment for ALS as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s.

You see, TDP-43 buildup is also found in 45 percent of dementia cases and 60 percent of Alzheimer’s diagnoses.

These treatments aren’t available just yet, so talk to your doctor about this discovery.

And we will keep you up-to-date on any developments as the research continues.