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ALS Patients May Benefit Most from Tailored Brain–Computer Interface Programs

Cognitive impairment may present an obstacle for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) using brain-computer interface devices, according to a study published in the Journal of Neural Engineering. The findings underscore the importance of considering disease heterogeneity when designing these potentially beneficial devices for clinical use. The study, “Performance…

ALS Stem Cell Therapy Shows Safety and Efficacy in Early Clinical Trials

Biopharmaceutical company Neuralstem presented new and potentially promising results from its clinical investigations of NSI-566 — human spinal cord-derived neural stem cells for the treatment of conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — at the recent Phacilitate Cell & Gene Therapy World conference in Washington, D.C. Karl Johe, the company’s chairman and chief scientific officer, reported that two clinical trials…

ALS, Gulf War Illness Caused by Toxic Exposures, Report Says

A report from the Boston University School of Public Health shows that Gulf War Illness is a result of exposure to pesticides and other toxins used in the Gulf War. The report also notes that in addition to Gulf War Illness, deployed Gulf War veterans suffer higher rates of stroke, brain cancer and…

New ALS Group’s Goal: Finding a New Treatment by 2020

Entrepreneur Kevin Gosnell announced the launch of ALS ONE – a partner organization of the ALS Association and ALS Finding a Cure that aims to bring world-leading experts in neurology and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) care together to realize an ambitious goal: finding a new ALS treatment within four years.

Environmental Toxin a Possible Cause of Symptoms of ALS, Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the Institute for EthnoMedicine and the University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank have discovered that chronic exposure to an environmental toxin has the potential to increase the risk for neurodegenerative illnesses such as ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. The research paper, “Dietary exposure to an environmental toxin triggers neurofibrillary tangles and…