Promising treatment for motor neurone disease

Australian researchers are closing the gap on therapy for motor neurone disease with the discovery that a cheap copper compound can improve movement and extend life.

To date no therapy for motor neurone disease has ever been able to extend lifespan for more than a few extra months but researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute have demonstrated in mice that a dose of a micronutrient like copper is the most promising treatment to date.