Degenerative Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease Center Applauds Researchers
Here at Fox Subacute, we are always interested in learning about the latest breakthroughs in medicine.As a facility that specializes in degenerative neurological and neuromuscular disease, we reviewed the January 2016 edition of Acta Neuropathologoca. It featured intriguing coverage of contemporary ALS research. Also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, it is an insidious, incurable, progressive disease that often causes those afflicted to incur a short term or long term subacute stay.
Pur – Alpha
Researchers have spent years trying to find a way to both improve ALS sufferers’ lives and prevent the disease altogether. Their latest efforts involved Pur-alpha. So, what is pur-alpha? Pur-alpha is a protein that it is associated with DNA and RNA. Most people have already heard of DNA and understand its importance.
Well, RNA is similar and just as important. It works with a number of macromolecules in the body to make up who we are as individuals. Plus, it helps determine which, if any, genetic diseases we may be predisposed to developing over the course of our respective lifetimes. As for Pur-alpha, it plays a role in those processes, too.
Pur- alpha is known as a binding protein. It’s the organic glue that helps hold some of our genetic material together. This particular protein is connected to the way our cells deal with stress, disease and other abnormalities. Therefore, researchers were hoping that by better understanding its function, they could create treatments for ALS patients and others. They are also hoping that this protein can protect against the degeneration of cells in ALS patients.
Degenerative Neurological and Neuromuscular Disease Hope
The January 2016 release showed that they had made some progress in that regard. Apparently, their new-found knowledge of the use of Pur- alpha shows that it might have the potential to slow down nerve damage. Consequently, its use could possibly allow those afflicted with ALS to remain independent longer. And in time, it may even help people with other degenerative neurological and neuromuscular diseases.
To speak with degenerative neurological and neuromuscular disease experts nearest you, and to discuss short term and long term care options, please contact the Fox Subacute admissions specialists today. We invite you in for a tour at any one of our facilities and look forward to speaking with you soon.