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Bacteria and Fungi Link to ALS Patients

Doglady

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https://alsnewstoday.com/2019/03/20/bacteria-fungi-central-nervous-system-als-patients/

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2019.00171/full

My daughter just forwarded this to me. Of course she would like to think this is hopeful. So, I am wondering what others may think about this study from Spain which found bacteria and fungi in neural tissue of PALS and suggestions of a possible future treatment for ALS...?

Thanks for any words of wisdom and thoughts to unravel all this highly scientific language!
 

KarenNWendyn

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It’s really interesting. They are noting bacteria and fungi in the neural tissues of patients with ALS.

To jump from that observation to the conclusion that the bacteria and fungi caused the ALS is another matter which they have not yet proved. To prove it might involve using an animal model of ALS and instilling these microorganisms into the neural tissue and see if ALS results. Then determining if the ALS goes away upon treatment is another matter.

It’s also possible that something else causes the ALS and that the bacteria and fungi move in because conditions now favor their presence.

It’s interesting work, but still just an observation, with more work needed to answer the many other questions.
 
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