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Scientists cite gains on Lou Gehrig's disease

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SCIENTISTS CITE GAINS ON LOU Gehrig's disease

Researchers say they found a common cause behind the mysterious and deadly affliction of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, that could lead to an effective treatment. Dr. Teepu Siddique, a neuroscientist with Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, said the key to the breakthrough is the discovery of an underlying disease process for all types of ALS. "This is the first time we could connect (ALS) to a clear-cut biomedical mechanism," Siddique said. The announcement of the breakthrough is in today's issue of the journal Nature.

IRAN

Appeal planned for two Americans

The lawyer for two American men convicted on charges that include espionage said Sunday he will appeal the verdict and his clients' eight-year prison sentences. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced Saturday to three years for illegal entry into Iran and five years for spying for the United States. Lawyer Masoud Shafiei said he received the verdict on Sunday.

Norway

Nation concludes month of mourning

Norway's prime minister urged his countrymen to look after each other and be vigilant for intolerance, as the nation concluded a monthlong mourning period with a candlelit memorial service Sunday to the 77 people killed by a right-wing extremist. Speaking at the ceremony in Oslo, Jens Stoltenberg said, "We need you. No matter where you live, no matter which god you worship, each and every one of us can take responsibility and can guard freedom." Anders Behring Breivik, 32, has admitted carrying out the July 22 killings.

Elsewhere

South Sudan: Tribal clashes in a region of newly independent South Sudan have killed at least 58 people in the past week, the United Nations said Sunday, raising fears of ethnic instability in the impoverished country.

Guatemala: The government has issued a decree to allow U.S. couples to complete adoptions that were halted midway when the country banned the process in 2007.

Times wires

Scientists cite gains on Lou Gehrig's disease 08/21/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 21, 2011 11:48pm]
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