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

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

Broken ‘rules’ lead to protein clumps in diseases like ALS

New research unveils a way to "read" proteins to see if they'll clump together and contribute to neurodegenerative diseases like ALS.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: als proteins health-and-medicine neurodegenerative-diseases

Overcharged cell process clears dangerous ALS ‘junk’

Researchers have discovered that a suprising cell process clears out potentially deadly aggregates related to ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: als cells health-and-medicine

Turtle spine signals reveal how movement starts

The neurons of itchy turtles show that movement most likely starts in a network of cells, not one "command center."

Anders Buch-Larsen • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spine als movement muscles health-and-medicine nerve-cells spinal-cord-injury

1 method may prevent brain cell death in several diseases

There may be a way to prevent the worst damage in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Huntington's, ALS, and others.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 26, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease mitochondria als brains health-and-medicine neurodegenerative-diseases

Atomic details of protein ‘droplets’ may shed light on ALS

Understanding more about the interactions that stabilize the phase-shifting FUS protein could reveal new ways to treat ALS and other diseases.

Mollie Rappe-Brown • futurity
July 24, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: als proteins health-and-medicine imaging-technology

More glucose could improve mobility for people with ALS

When ALS-affected neurons get more glucose, they live longer and move more efficiently, which could mean more mobility for people with the disease.

Emily Litvack-U. Arizona • futurity
July 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: neurons als health-and-medicine glucose

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