ALS ice bucket challenge funds lead to research breakthrough

The ALS Foundation that brought the world the Ice bucket challenge to raise funds for Motor Neuron disease research is reporting a breakthrough.

The research study funded by money collected from the global ice bucket challenge, has identified a new gene, NEK1, that ranks among the most common genes that contribute to ALS.

The ALS Association explain how this genetic research will have a big impact on understanding and beginning to find a cure for the disease.

What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease (MND)? Here are some facts from the ALS Association:

  • fatal, rapidly progressive disease that affects the brain and spinal cord
  • attacks nerves that control movement so muscles refuse to work (sensory nerves are not usually affected)
  • can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually, breathe
  • affects people from all communities
  • scientist Stephen Hawking is best-known person with the disease
  • kills around a third of people within a year of diagnosis and more than half within two years
  • until now, there is no known cure

The ALS Association are convinced that the discovery of NEK1 through Project MinE’s large, global collaborative effort will bring us a step closer to finding a treatment and cure for ALS.

And here is one of the most famous ice bucket challenges that helped raise the money, that of Bill Gates.

Read More
Credible Syrian sources say Shiraz Mohammed is alive  - Gift of the Givers

Credible Syrian sources say Shiraz Mohammed is alive - Gift of the Givers

Photojournalist abducted thirteen days ago and still no contact has been made, but Dr Imtiaz Sooliman says they are hopeful.

John Maytham's books: Russian murders to a Cameroonian immigrant in the USA

John Maytham's books: Russian murders to a Cameroonian immigrant in the USA

John's weekly reviews from a murder mystery in Russia, the collapse of the Soviet Union and a Cameroonian immigrant living in USA.

LISTEN: Vlogger takes a stab at what different Mzantsi lingos sound like

LISTEN: Vlogger takes a stab at what different Mzantsi lingos sound like

Ta Fire's (Siyabulelo Deli) satirical vlog takes a cheeky jibe at what 'Sefrican' languages sound like...and it is hilarious.

Mom of baby saved by seat-belt speaks of her joy

Mom of baby saved by seat-belt speaks of her joy

A three car pile-up on the R304 on Sunday afternoon left six injured and three cars written off, but a baby was saved by her seatbelt.

Billions of cubic metres of water in Table Mountain Group Aquifer

Billions of cubic metres of water in Table Mountain Group Aquifer

Cape Town needs to find solutions to the water crisis facing the city - and the aquifer may well be the best option.

Rondebosch High boys use K-word in freestyle prose

Rondebosch High boys use K-word in freestyle prose

Voice notes from Rondebosch Boys' High Whatsapp group have gone viral - with N-word and K-word used during a music session.

Popular articles
I paid for it, says Police Commissioner Phahlane. No you didn't, says Ipid

I paid for it, says Police Commissioner Phahlane. No you didn't, says Ipid

John Maytham interviews EWN’s Barry Bateman about the allegations against the Acting National Police Commissioner.

Orcas spotted in Langebaan Lagoon must've been hunting, says conservationist

Orcas spotted in Langebaan Lagoon must've been hunting, says conservationist

Capetonians are accustomed to seeing whales playing along the coast, but it is very rare to hear of orcas in the Langebaan Lagoon.

Photographer captures Cape's dwindling dam levels with a drone

Photographer captures Cape's dwindling dam levels with a drone

The latest figures show dam levels at 36.8%, which means they could run almost empty by the time 2017 the winter rains come.

Culprits spotted deliberately starting fires in the Cape

Culprits spotted deliberately starting fires in the Cape

Chief Fire Officer at Overberg District Municipality says arson is a problem they are all too familiar with.

Find out what the city-approved borehole sign looks like

Find out what the city-approved borehole sign looks like

Cape Town residents are concerned that residents might be wasting water and lying about having boreholes by using fake signs.

Meet Chuma Somdaka, a homeless artist who blogs about art

Meet Chuma Somdaka, a homeless artist who blogs about art

Chuma spends her days making art and her nights on a bench in The Company's Garden in Cape Town where she displays her artwork.