Researchers from the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute at the University of Barcelona have coordinated research into how the IDPN nitrile causes neurological syndromes similar to those of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a severe neuromuscular degenerative disease.
A study suggests that spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic neuromuscular disease in infants and children, results primarily from motor circuit dysfunction, not motor neuron or muscle cell dysfunction, as is commonly thought. In a second study, the researchers identified the molecular pathway in SMA that leads to problems with motor function.
Researchers have identified a new autoimmune disease that causes muscle pain and weakness. Large-histiocyte-related immune myopathy (LHIM), generates similar results to the condition rhabdomyolysis in blood chemistry samples. LHIM can effectively be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs to help reduce symptoms.