Latest Issue of Science News


Drugs tested for Lou Gehrig's disease

From San Diego, at the Society for Neuroscience meeting

Two drugs better known for treating other diseases may also help people afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the fatal neuromuscular illness also called Lou Gehrig's disease.

One of the drugs is tamoxifen, which is often prescribed to women with breast cancer. Benjamin Brooks of the University of WisconsinMadison and his colleagues became curious about the drug when they noticed that a patient with ALS, who was also receiving tamoxifen for breast cancer, maintained her muscle strength over a period of 4 years.

"Her course of ALS was much less severe than we had expected," says Brooks.

Note: To comment, Science News subscribing members must now establish a separate login relationship with Disqus. Click the Disqus icon below, enter your e-mail and click “forgot password” to reset your password. You may also log into Disqus using Facebook, Twitter or Google.

This article is available only to subscribing members. Join SSP today or Log in.