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Brain Implant May Someday Help ALS Patients Communicate

Researchers have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) that could someday facilitate communication for people who have lost their ability to speak, including those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). After being trained to recognize certain patterns of nerve cell activity, the BMI could accurately predict the words a person with…

Results of Phase 3 Trial of TUDCA in Slowing ALS Likely Next Year

An ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial in Europe is testing whether tauroursodeoxycholic acid, added to standard therapy, can slow disease progression and extend survival among people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The oral compound, also known as TUDCA, is one of the two ingredients in Relyvrio (sodium phenylbutyrate…

Study Reveals How Growing Motor Neurons Guide Blood Vessel Growth

An international team of researchers discovered how, during development, motor neurons — the nerve cells controlling movement whose death causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — direct blood vessel growth around them while growing toward target muscles. Specifically, motor neurons were found to secrete a combination of signaling molecules that…