astronomicona said: Nobody became aware when the Jerry Lewis Telethon has been going almost every year since 1949 and he raised over 2 billion for Lou Gherigs disease aka ALS? How come they haven't had any breakthroughs? Throwing money at a problem doesn't cure it. Jerry Lewis kid is still limping around and not one stitch of progress has been made whatsoever
No idea, unfortunately, even with very sophisticated and innovative techniques on how to treat many diseases, we still run into many snags. Sometimes the path a disease takes is too multifaceted or the virus/bacteria causing the disease mutates too rapidly, sometimes there’s a lack of interest (like when it happens to the poor or those in the ‘3rd world’) and sometimes it’s just too difficult to find a pathway of intervention that leads to proper treatment and sometimes the ‘fire’ goes out and popularity in funding or finding a cure dies down when the disease stops being big news. The biggest issue with LG I believe is finding the exact pathway to massive nerve cell degeneration :( You can check it out here ( scroll down to ‘What research is being done?’ also the ‘what causes ALS?’ section is a good read on how scientists know why others are triggers but have no clue as to other people).