NY Times covers research on ALS/pesticide association
The New York Times recently shared University of Michigan research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, on the Well Blog.
The research, led by neurologist Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., finds pesticide and other toxic environmental exposure could play a part in the onset of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a debilitating, progressive disease without a cure.
“This is the first and very important step to identifying what specific exposures are associated with ALS—to answering the ‘why me?’ question,” Feldman says.
The research team includes Feldman, director of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute; Stephen Goutman, M.D., director of the Comprehensive ALS Clinic; Feng-Chiao Su, Ph.D., Sergey Chernyak, Ph.D. and Stuart Batterman, Ph.D., all of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health; Brian Callaghan, M.D., of the Department of Neurology and Bhramar Mukherjee, Ph.D., of the Department of Biostatistics.
Read the full story in Michigan Health Lab: http://labblog.uofmhealth.org/lab-report/pesticide-exposure-may-be-als-risk-factor.