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FDA advisory committee votes against NurOwn approval for ALS

In a nearly unanimous vote, an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said there’s not enough evidence to support the efficacy of the experimental stem cell therapy NurOwn as a treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The committee voted on a single question in its meeting: “Do…

Canadian initiative to advance AI tech to better diagnose ALS

A new Canadian initiative seeks to advance development of an artificial intelligence (AI) program aimed at helping healthcare professionals detect possible signs of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the disease’s early stages. The AI program is crafted to analyze de-identified electronic medical records (EMRs) and detect individuals who should…

New guidelines: All ALS patients should be offered genetic testing

Every person with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) should be offered genetic testing to check for the most common ALS-causing mutations, according to a new set of expert guidelines. “These evidence-based, consensus guidelines will support all stakeholders in the ALS community in navigating benefits and challenges of genetic testing,”…