The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Statins and ALS? Is This Possible Side Effect Too Scary to Study?

Some side effects are so scary that no one wants to talk about them. The FDA says there is no link between statins and ALS. But a new analysis of FDA data suggests there may be a connection.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Should Desperate Patients Have the Right To Try Unproven Drugs?

Many people with a terminal illness are willing to take almost any risk to improve their odds. Will the new right to try bill passed by Congress help? What are the downsides?

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) Provides Surprising Pain Relief

Have you ever heard of low dose naltrexone (LDN)? We didn't think so. But this drug has been around for decades and it just might help people in pain.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Statins and ALS: Is There a Connection?

Tens of millions of people take statins every day. A decade ago a question was raised about statins and ALS. What have we learned over the last 10 years?

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Formaldehyde Exposure May Boost Risk of ALS

Could excess formaldehyde exposure in embalming fluid make funeral directors more susceptible to Lou Gehrig's disease?

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Statins and ALS-Like Syndrome

Occasionally, people who have taken statins report that they have lost muscle strength and control and developed symptoms of ALS. Did statins trigger ALS?