Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Tailored Home Exercises May Improve Daily Living of Early-stage ALS Patients, Small Study Suggests

Researchers suggest that patients in the early stage of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may benefit from a personalized program of home-based exercises without a physical therapist’s supervision. The small Japanese study, “Effectiveness of home-based exercises without supervision by physical therapists for patients with early-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A…

Kadimastem Plans Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of Cell Therapy for ALS

The Israeli biotechnology company Kadimastem is planning a Phase 1/2a clinical trial of a cell therapy for ALS after regulators gave it the go-ahead. Kadimastem’s therapy, AstroRx, consists of cells called astrocytes that are injected into cerebrospinal fluid. The star-shaped cells, which surround nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, are derived…

CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Reveals Potential Therapeutic Targets for ALS

Researchers have identified genes that promote amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), using the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9. The findings represent not only another piece of information to understand the molecular mechanisms triggering ALS, but also support the newly identified genes as potential targets for future therapeutics. The study “CRISPR–Cas9 screens in human cells…