Exercise May Slow Progressions of ALS

June 10, 2010

University of Alberta researchers are looking at exercise as a new way to slow the degenerative processes of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Dr. Kelvin Jones, a recipient of this year’s ALS Canada Discovery Grant, has been pioneering research in this field for four years, using mice genetically altered to present familial ALS. He’s found that exercise has a positive impact on the mice, slowing the disease significantly.

“Exercise in mice showed a beneficial effect,” said Jones, a professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. “We have been looking at the rate of denervation of the muscles to see how quickly the disease progresses and the muscles weaken. Findings have been very encouraging.”

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