7 ALS Headlines

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1. Herantis’ Potential ALS Treatment, CDNF, Recommended for Orphan Drug Status by EMA

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Herantis Pharma announced that it has received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products (COMP) on its application for orphan drug designation for CDNF as a potential treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

A positive opinion is the first step toward orphan drug designation which, in Europe, is issued by the European Commission.

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2. UC Researchers Awarded $6.3M to Explore an ALS Stem Cell Therapy Based on Astrocytes

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The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)’s Independent Citizens Oversight Committee has approved a $6.3 million grant to fund a research team’s work into a new human embryonic stem cell-based therapy, involving astrocytes, to rescue and restore neurons damaged as a consequence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Read more about it: http://bit.ly/1VRF6AM

3. Les Turner ALS Foundation: Hope Through Caring

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In this video, find out more about the work of the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

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4. 7 Ways to Diagnose ALS

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ALS can be very difficult to diagnose since there isn’t a specific procedure or test to ultimately establish the ALS diagnosis. It is only through several diagnostic tests (often used to rule out other diseases which mimic ALS) and a thorough clinical examination that a diagnosis can be established.

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5. Novel Prodrug with Potential for ALS and Like Diseases Acquired by Startup, Yumanity Therapeutics

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Yumanity Therapeutics has recently licensed a prodrug invented at the University of Arizona (UA), adding it to the company’s expanding platform of potential therapies for neurodegenerative diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Read more about it: http://bit.ly/1TkQeFz

6. 5 Misconceptions About ALS


In this article, learn five misconceptions about ALS.

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7. 13 ALS Facts You Should Know About

als_ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no. “Myo” is referring to the muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment – All put together: “No muscle nourishment.”

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