On Nov. 25, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved riluzole oral film (Exservan) for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Exservan is an oral film formulation of riluzole (Rilutek), which has been available in tablet form to treat ALS for more than two decades. Exservan will be made available in the United . . .
Israel-based Kadimastem Ltd. announced positive interim results from the first cohort of its phase 1/2a clinical trial evaluating the safety, tolerability, and preliminary efficacy of AstroRx in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Results presented at the 7th International Stem Cell Meeting of the Israel Stem Cell Society held recently in Tel Aviv, Israel, showed that patients . . .
MDA’s new Medical Education department was established in response to the growing need for clinician education in neuromuscular diseases. We are pleased to present our first program highlighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): a PowerPoint slide deck. ALS is a motor neuron disease that leads to the widespread loss of muscle use. Patients diagnosed with ALS . . .
Even though the Martinez family lives in Burbank, Calif., within an hour’s drive to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, their road to the hospital’s specialized clinics — to Dr. Robert Baloh and his work there — was a long one. Daniel and Gladis Martinez have two daughters: Genesis, 15, and Isabella, 14, born just 10 . . .
Dr. Perry Mansfield at the SENTA Clinic in San Diego, Calif., is looking for healthy individuals and patients with neuromuscular disease who have documented neurologic pharyngeal muscle dysfunction (dysfunction of the voluntary muscles that form the pharynx) to participate in a pilot study. This study will help to prove the diagnostic consistency of transmembrane electromyography . . .
The ALS Association, ALS Finding a Cure (ALSFAC), and MDA announced they have jointly awarded a clinical trial grant totaling more than $2.5 million over two-and-a-half years to leading investigators at the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital. The principal investigator is Stanley Appel, MD, co-director of Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, chair of . . .
Computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones have become ubiquitous features of our daily lives — but not of our healthcare. At least, not yet. But a group of physicians at MDA’s 2019 Clinical & Scientific Conference made a few convincing cases for increased use of personal electronics in healthcare and clinical trials. Dr. James Berry of . . .
During a late-morning session on the final day of the 2019 Clinical & Scientific Conference, five healthcare professionals — Laurie Sterling, a speech therapist at the Texas Children’s Hospital; Dr. Roxanna Bendixen, an occupational therapist and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh; Jennifer Chapin, a speech therapist at the University of Florida; Dr. Melissa . . .
Researchers at Biogen are looking for participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to participate in the VALOR Phase 3 study designed to help researchers evaluate the effects of BIIB067 on disease progression in patients with ALS caused by superoxide disumtase 1 (SOD1) mutation (SOD1-ALS). In ALS, motor neurons degenerate or die and stop sending messages . . .
Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, chief of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, where the ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic in the Healey Center for ALS is associated with MDA, is dedicated to performing academic-led clinical trials in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Her internationally renowned research has led to advanced treatments for people with living with ALS. What role has . . .