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Masitinib Gains Orphan Drug Status for ALS in Switzerland

Masitinib, an oral medicine developed by AB Science, has won orphan drug status for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in Switzerland. The status is granted by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products (Swissmedic) to therapies that seek to treat life-threatening or chronic diseases affecting no more than…

Partnership Aims to Treat ALS by Restoring Mitochondria, Cell Energy

MitoSense and the Centre for Transplantation Technology at Uppsala University are collaborating to harness the power of mitochondria — the energy source for cells — in treating diseases that include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the company announced. MitoSense has developed a patented, first-in-kind mitochondria transplantation technology — coined…

Bosutinib, Blood Cancer Therapy, Safe and May Help Some With ALS

Bosutinib, an inhibitor approved to treat a blood cancer, showed no unexpected safety concerns in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), with some patients experiencing slower disease progression while on the therapy, results from a Phase 1 clinical trial showed. Larger clinical trials are needed to confirm if bosutinib…

Top 10 ALS Stories of 2022

ALS News Today brought consistent coverage of the latest research developments and advances in treatment related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) throughout 2022. We look forward to continuing to serve as a resource for the ALS community in the new year. Here, we’ve compiled a list of the…

State ALS Registries Collect Valuable Data, but Few Are in Process

Patient registries help record how many cases of a particular disease there are across the country, and many also log related genetic, clinical, and biological information. Some U.S. registries, including those dealing with infectious diseases, have mandatory reporting requirements. But for many other diseases, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),…

Big Data a Source of Better ALS Insights, Trials, and Hope

Healthcare has long harnessed the power of big data. Examples range from the Human Genome Project, a worldwide 13-year effort to map DNA, to the adoption of electronic medical records— allowing doctors to quickly access patient information at points of care — and the rise of personalized medicine, which tailors…

EpiSwitch Test May Help Classify ALS Patients: New Trial Data

EpiSwitch, a non-invasive, blood-based test developed by Oxford BioDynamics, successfully stratified patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) as fast versus slow progressors, according to an interim analysis of the REFINE-ALS study. These findings highlight the potential of the biomarker test to better classify disease progression in ALS patients…