Vitamin D confers protection to motoneurons and is a prognostic factor of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Vitamin D confers protection to motoneurons and is a prognostic factor of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

This study reports that a severe vitamin D deficiency in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients accelerates the rate of decline by 4 times and is associated with a marked shorter life expectancy.
The researchers say their findings support a neuroprotective function of vitamin D on motoneurons and propose vitamin D as a reliable prognostic factor of ALS.

Further details can be found in the study.
Camu W, Tremblier B, Plassot C, Alphandery S, Salsac C, Pageot N, Juntas-Morales R, Scamps F, Daures JP, Raoul C.
Neurobiol Aging. 2014 May;35(5):1198-205. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2013.11.005. Epub 2013 Nov 13.

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