cyanobacteria

“Toxic desert dust” may be why military personnel serving in the 1990-1991 Gulf War experienced abnormally high rates of ALS, new findings suggest.

posted on December 9, 2009 - 12:46pm
New findings suggest a possible link between dust-dwelling bacterial toxins and an elevated incidence of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in Gulf War veterans. The study blames cyanobacteria, microorganisms that live in desert sands and which can be inhaled when they’re kicked up in dust, such as when a convoy of military vehicles rumbles by. Cyanobacteria are common throughout the world in...

Does pond scum cause ALS? Maybe — but the evidence is far from clear

posted on June 18, 2009 - 9:00pm
Recent media reports have raised the question of a possible link between an increased risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and living near Lake Mascoma in Western New Hampshire. The Union Leader in New Hampshire and other news outlets have reported that the risk of developing ALS is 25 times higher than average for people living around Lake Mascoma, located in Enfield and...