twittertopbarlinks_eventstopbarlinks_requesttopbarlinks_archives
NCMA Algae Tips
Click here for more information about Liqofluxphenometrics515R1
Visit cricatalyst.com!Commercial Algae Professionals

Research

Studying the ALS-algae link

August 3, 2016
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Nathan Torbick of Applied GeoSolutions is working with Dr. Elijah Stommel at Dartmouth

Nathan Torbick of Applied GeoSolutions is working with Dr. Elijah Stommel at Dartmouth to study the link between Lou Gehrig’s disease and toxins produced by cyanobacteria. Photo: David Lane/Union Leader

Mike Cote writes in the New Hampshire Union Leader that the link between ALS and cyanobacteria present in algae blooms was first traced to Guam in the 1950s, according to Dr. Elijah Stommel, a professor of neurology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.

  • Stommel is working with Applied GeoSolutions of Newmarket, NH, to study possible environmental links to the disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease, by using satellite technology and onsite water testing.
  • “Those microorganisms that form these blue-green algae blooms in the water in the warmer months of the year can be tracked with remote sensing satellite imagery,” said Dr. Stommel, who also works at the ALS clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
  • The clinic started mapping ALS patients several years ago, finding some clustering around bodies of water, including Lake Mascoma, in Lebanon, NH.
  • “We didn’t know why there would be a cluster of ALS there,” said Dr. Stommel, who specializes in neuromuscular disease. “We were asking lake biologists and people who knew more about the body of water in particular. It turned out that it had had frequent algae blooms and the same cyanobacteria that were found in Guam.”
  • They also found the cyanobacteria in carp that had been introduced to the lake and in aerosol, the air around the lake.
  • “We’ve given questionnaires to 700 ALS patients now in northern New England and some other parts of the country,” Dr. Stommel said. “It appears not everybody lives on a water body like Lake Mascoma or is eating fish out of the lake or is swimming in the lake or recreating in the lake. But they are living in close proximity. We think aerosol might be an exposure route. People are breathing it into their sinus and into their lungs.”
  • Stommel cited the work of ethnobotanist Paul Cox, who published a medical article in January in the Proceedings of the Royal Society that made a case for linking exposure to blue-green algae toxin with ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s. While scientists debate the research, the link could lead the way to new treatment options.

Read More

More Like This…

HOME A.I.M. Archives

Copyright ©2010-2016 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing an early warning indicator system using historical and current satellite data to detect algal blooms. EPA res...
Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the effluent from piggeries can be effectively treated with micro- and macroalgae so that species of the organism...
Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization in La Jolla, California, have published a paper outlining new synthet...
The fully automated plant at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, Germany, was designed to produce microalgae at industrial scale. ...
Using microalgae to capture CO2 is a complex process, especially in flue gas environments, reports an editorial by IEA Clean Coal Centre in worldcoal.com. There are many ...
Scientists have been investigating the likely future impact of changing environmental conditions on ocean phytoplankton, which forms the basis of all the oceans' food cha...
Astaxanthin has been widely used in the aquaculture industry for pigmentation of salmon, trout and shrimp; used for its antioxidant and other health benefits in the nutra...
MicroBio Engineering, Inc. has announced a new line of 100 and 1,000 liter Algae Raceways™, building on the success of their popular 0.5 m2 (5.5 ft2) and 3.5 m2 (40 ft2),...
Large prefabricated raceway ponds have been a missing element in algae cultivation scale-up. Now 22-m2 to 101-m2 Algae Raceway™ ponds featuring patent pending APIAC™ tech...
Ewen Callaway writes in the jounal Nature that restrictions on harvests and exports of Gelidium seaweed in Morocco have affected the global supply of the lab reagent agar...
Algaculture, or algae farming, like any form of agriculture, is highly sensitive to fertilizer costs. A major roadblock to commercial algae farming is efficient utilizati...
Algae.Tec has announced that, with the completion of the US$1M injection by Gencore, their nutraceutical plant upgrade in Cummings, Georgia, is progressing ahead of sched...