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Gentamicin Shows Mixed Results in DMD

Results of the MDA-supported trial of gentamicin in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) were presented Wednesday, April 14, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), held in Toronto.

Levels of the needed dystrophin protein increased in six out of 12 participants who received the drug for six months. No functional improvements were seen.

Progress in Exon Skipping for DMD

The multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Dutch biotechnology company Prosensa  announced "intriguing results" following a 12-person trial of an experimental "exon skipping" therapeutic for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

ALS Research: Zenvia Improves Emotional Symptoms in ALS

The experimental drug Zenvia, developed by Avanir Pharmaceuticals as a treatment for unwanted laughing/crying spells in ALS, has shown continued promise in lessening the frequency of such episodes in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

ALS Research: Zenvia Improves Emotional Symptoms in ALS

The experimental drug Zenvia, developed by Avanir Pharmaceuticals as a treatment for unwanted laughing/crying spells in ALS, has shown continued promise in lessening the frequency of such episodes in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

MDA Study Shows Lithium Not Helpful in ALS

An MDA-supported, 10-center trial of more than 100 people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who took the oral medication lithium carbonate — some in conjunction with the ALS drug riluzole — has shown the drug does not provide benefit for disease progression or survival.

The study also showed that lithium can have concerning side effects, and when taken alone (without riluzole), may actually cause harm.

MDA Study Shows Lithium Not Helpful in ALS

An MDA-supported, 10-center trial of more than 100 people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) who took the oral medication lithium carbonate — some in conjunction with the ALS drug riluzole — has shown the drug does not provide benefit for disease progression or survival.

The study also showed that lithium can have concerning side effects, and when taken alone (without riluzole), may actually cause harm.

MDA Awards Two New FSHD Grants

MDA has awarded two grants for research aimed at determining the precise molecular causes of facioscapulohumeral dystrophy (FSHD), and developing therapies for the disease.

MDA and Friends of FSH Research (FFSHR) based in Kirkland, Wash., will jointly fund a two-year, $200,000 grant to Joel Chamberlain, an assistant professor of medical genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Artist's Skills Restored for $50 in Parts

A Los Angeles graffiti artist with ALS was the inspiration behind a low-cost, eye-controlled drawing device called the Eyewriter.  For about $50 in simple components, Tony Quan (aka “Tempt 1”) has been able to resume creating his artwork for the first time in more than six years.

'Hackers and artists' join forces

Quan learned he had ALS in 2003. A well-known graffiti-style artist and social activist, in the 1980s Quan had created a distinctive form of graffiti-type art.

Familial ALS Research Update

The state of research in the familial (inherited) form of ALS was the focus of a special one-hour Webinar presented by the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) on March 25, with reports by CEO & Chief Scientific Officer Steve Perrin.

Familial ALS Research Update

The state of research in the familial (inherited) form of ALS was the focus of a special one-hour Webinar presented by the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) on March 25, with reports by CEO & Chief Scientific Officer Steve Perrin.

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