Hacking COVID: Voices from the Community, Part 2

In April, MDA fielded a survey to ask its community how COVID-19 was impacting their lives. We heard your responses — anxiety, questions, hope — and wanted to know more. In this six-part blog series, Hacking COVID, people from MDA’s community, all living with neuromuscular diseases, shared how they’ve altered their day-to-day lives, how they’ve . . .

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Orphazyme Announces FDA Fast Track Designation for Development of Arimoclomol for Treatment of ALS

On May 22, Danish company Orphazyme announced Fast Track designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for development of the investigational drug arimoclomol for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Arimoclomol previously received Fast Track status from the FDA for the treatment of Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) and sporadic inclusion body . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Seeks Participants for a Phase 3 ALS Study

Researchers at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Development America are looking for participants with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to participate in a phase 3 study to evaluate the safety of oral edaravone (Radicava). Intravenous edaravone is an FDA-approved treatment for ALS shown to slow the decline of physical function. Edaravone is thought to act as a free . . .

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FDA Approves ITF Pharma’s Tiglutik via PEG Tube for the Treatment of ALS

On Dec. 13, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved expanded labeling for ITF Pharma’s Tiglutik to include administration via percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The expanded approval for use with PEG feeding tubes will enable patients who not only have difficulty swallowing but also require . . .

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Amylyx Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Results from Phase 2 Study of AMX0035 for Treatment of ALS

On Dec. 17, Amylyx Pharmaceuticals and the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital announced positive results from the phase 2 (CENTAUR) trial assessing treatment with the company’s investigational therapy, AMX0035, in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The study met its primary endpoint, showing a statistically significant slowing of . . .

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New MDA Educational Programs for Clinicians Offer a Detailed View on Selected Topics in Neuromuscular Disease

MDA’s Medical Education department was established in response to the growing need for clinician education in neuromuscular disease (NMD). We are pleased to present four webinars that cover newborn screening (NBS) and early intervention, genetic testing, and best practices in multidisciplinary care. Our Medical Education department, together with key opinion leaders in the NMD field, . . .

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Kadimastem Announces Positive Interim Results from Phase 1/2a Study of AstroRx in ALS

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 . . .

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New MDA Educational Program Offers a 360-Degree View of ALS Care

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 . . .

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At a Cedars-Sinai Care Center, Dr. Robert Baloh Looks Under — and Ahead of — the Microscope for CMT and 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 . . .

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