Work coming out of Korea suggests that acupuncture or electro-acupuncture slowed MND symptoms in SOD1 MND mice.

Researchers in Italy have observed that an unusual number of professional soccer players are diagnosed with MND. They found that Italian professional soccer players have higher levels of inflammatory signalling molecules than the normal population.

Further work in Italy has examined the exposure of MND patients and controls to strenuous physical activity or trauma. The researchers found that MND patients had more exposure to work related and sports related physical activity, but found there was no difference in exposure to trauma.

Researchers in Washington have called for the use of cannabis for MND patients. They say that cannabis is a powerful antioxidative and anti-inflammatory agent and has neuroprotective effects. It also has properties applicable to symptom management of MND, including analgesia, muscle relaxation, bronchodilation, saliva reduction, appetite stimulation and isleep nduction.

Source: International MND research update - June 2010, Dr Justin Yerbury for MNDRIA

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