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Perturbed Transport into Cellular Nucleus Linked to ALS

Three recent studies published in the journals Nature and Nature Neuroscience identified a mutation in some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) that leads to neuronal death by disrupting the movement of molecules within the cellular nucleus. ALS and FTD are characterized by death…

New Research Achieves Direct Muscle Activation by LED Light

Researchers at the Dalhousie Medical School and the Brain Repair Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, have successfully stimulated muscle fibers directly by light, bypassing the nervous system and showing for the first time that it is possible to restore function to denervated muscles. The research study, entitled “Direct optical…

Researchers Discuss Recent Advances in Diagnostic Methods for Neurodegenerative Disorders

Neurodegenerative disorders such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington’s disease are central nervous system diseases characterized by the progressive loss of neuronal function and tissues. These disorders result from the inability of deteriorated and severely damaged neurons to auto-regenerate, affecting patients primarily during mid-to-late life. As world…

MediciNova to Present ALS Study at International Symposium

Biopharmaceutical MediciNova, Inc. will be present at the 26th International Symposium on ALS/MND (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/motor neurone disease) to host a session on its therapeutic strategies for the treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The company announced it will participate in the symposium to…

Novel Findings Corroborate Potential of Neurofilaments as ALS Biomarkers

The finding and validation of specific disease biomarkers are an unmet medical need for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) early diagnosis, patient care and monitoring. Neurofilaments, proteins that provide cytoskeletal support to neurons, are front and center in this scientific quest. Several studies have investigated the role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) neurofilaments in…

Study Findings Reveal Key Genetic Piece of ALS And Dementia Puzzle

University of Toronto (UT) researchers have uncovered the main genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a discovery that will lead to the development of new efficacious treatments. The work entitled, “Isoform-specific antibodies reveal distinct subcellular localizations of C9orf72 in amyotrophic lateral…

Researchers Find Link Between Ancient Viral Genes And ALS

In a newly published paper in the Science Translation Medicine journal entitled “Human endogenous retrovirus-K induces motor neuron disease“, researchers from the National Institutes of Health found ancient viral genes left in the human genome might awaken to harm neurons and contribute to the development…

Cloud Pharmaceuticals and THERAMetrics to Collaborate on Drug Development for Orphan CNS Diseases, Including ALS

Cloud-based drug design and development company, Cloud Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recently announced it has partnered with THERAMetrics holding AG to collaborate on breakthrough treatments for orphan central nervous system (CNS) diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS results in the progressive loss of structure and function of neurons, ultimately leading to their death. Symptoms depend on patients…