A wearable sensor to help ALS patients communicate

Researchers have designed a skin-like device that can measure small facial movements in patients who have lost the ability to speak.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research assistive-technology media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning national-science-foundation-nsf amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als

New drug prolongs ALS patient survival in trial

An experimental medication that was recently shown to slow the progression of ALS has now demonstrated the potential to also prolong patient survival.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Oct. 16, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: harvard-medical-school health-medicine als massachusetts-general-hospital mgh lou-gehrigs-disease sean-m-healey-amg-center-for-als

Arboretum examines climate change’s impact on maple trees

Researchers at Arboretum studying how maple trees are adapting to climate change.

Deborah Blackwell • harvard
Aug. 5, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: science-technology evolution climate-change environments-sustainability arnold-arboretum research al-kovaleski jake-grossman maples

ALS scientific breakthrough: Diabetes drug metformin shows promise in mouse study for a common type of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, is a crippling, progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure. Now it seems that a diabetes drug may help some cases.

Laura P.W. Ranum, Director, Center for NeuroGenetics and Kitzman Family Professor of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of Florida • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags:  genetics  brain  neurons  als  mutation  metformin

Drug shows promise for fighting rare ALS

An experimental drug called tofersen that could help treat a rare kind of ALS is headed to a phase 3 trial.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: als drug-development proteins health-and-medicine medications nerves

‘Barcode’ IDs special glial cells in the brain

"...this discovery could be of immense consequence for treating a myriad of brain conditions..."

Brian Clark-Brown • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease neurons als aging brains muscles health-and-medicine glial-cells neurodegenerative-diseases

Blood plasma analysis could spot signs of ALS

A method of analyzing blood plasma could help diagnose and predict the progression of ALS, researchers report.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence als blood plasma featured health-and-medicine neurodegenerative-diseases

Harvard scientists identify gut-brain connection in ALS

The researchers found that in mice with a common ALS genetic mutation, changing the gut microbiome could prevent or improve disease symptoms.

Jessica Lau • harvard
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: science-technology inflammation als gut-microbiome amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis gut-brain-axis

Brain cell protection may also regulate your sleep

Understanding more about how a system that protects brain cells affects sleep could reveal a connection between sleep disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Lauren Ingeno-Penn • futurity
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease parkinsons-disease als aging sleep brains health-and-medicine neurodegenerative-diseases

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