MND in the News

July 10

Add-on Masitinib Slows Progression of ALS, Final Phase 2/3 Trial Results Show | ALS News Today | Ana Pena

Add-on Masitinib Slows Progression of ALS, Final Phase 2/3 Trial Results Show | ALS News Today | Ana Pena

In a Phase 2/3 clinical trial, AB Science demonstrated that Mastinib in combination with Rilutek (riluzole) slowed functional decline of patients with ALS who have typical disease progression by 27% after 11 months of treatment. AB Science is now setting up a Phase 3 trial to confirm the results and gather more data in support of a new marketing application to the European Medicine Agency (EMA). Click here to view the full article.

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July 8

Small-Molecule Compounds ID’d That May Lessen Protein Buildup in Cells Under Stress, an ALS Hallmark| ALS News Today | Patricia Inacio

Small-Molecule Compounds ID’d That May Lessen Protein Buildup in Cells Under Stress, an ALS Hallmark| ALS News Today | Patricia Inacio

A study at UC San Diego School of Medicine identified small-molecule compounds that reduced the accumulation of TDP-43, a molecular hallmark of ALS.  While these preliminary findings require further investigation, it is hoped that this work may lead to new therapies for the disease. Click here to read the full article.

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July 2

By Capturing Patients’ Feelings of Dyspnea, DALS-15 Scale May Ably Spot Those Needing Help with Breathing | ALS News Today | Ana Pena

By Capturing Patients’ Feelings of Dyspnea, DALS-15 Scale May Ably Spot Those Needing Help with Breathing | ALS News Today | Ana Pena

Researchers at Otto-von-Guericke University in Germany developed a patient-reported scale to quantify dyspnea in ALS — the Dyspnea-ALS-Scale (DALS-15) — to help doctors evaluate respiratory problems and to support decision-making regarding NIV. A DALS-15 validation study showed that the scale was highly reliable, and confirmed that dyspnea cannot be fully captured using objective parameters like spirometry or blood gas analyses. Click here to view the full article.

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May 30

Tailored treatment for ALS poised to move ahead | Nature Medicine | Carrie Arnold

Tailored treatment for ALS poised to move ahead | Nature Medicine | Carrie Arnold

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provisionally approved an experimental personalized treatment for a young woman with ALS.  The therapy, known as an antisense oligonucleotide (ASO), is designed to disable mutated strands of genetic code to prevent them from producing a protein that causes neurological damage. Click here for the full article

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February 26

Study Adds to Evidence that Smoking Increases Risk for ALS | ALS News Today | Jose Marques Lopes

Study Adds to Evidence that Smoking Increases Risk for ALS | ALS News Today | Jose Marques Lopes

Cigarette smoking has been proposed as a risk factor for developing ALS and accelerating disease progression. However, methodological concerns hamper definitive conclusions of whether smoking causes the disease. Click here for the full article.

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February 18

Shocking: New Zealand death rate for motor neuron disease five times global average | Hawthorne Caller | Mike Billings

Shocking: New Zealand death rate for motor neuron disease five times global average | Hawthorne Caller | Mike Billings

The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study – the world‘s largest scientific effort to qualify the health loss from more than 300 major diseases, injuries and risk factors – found the mortality rate for MND in New Zealand was as high as 2.2 deaths per 100,000 people. Click here for the full article.

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January 22

Swim training improves muscle strength in mouse model of ALS | ALS News Today | Joana Carvalho

Swim training improves muscle strength in mouse model of ALS | ALS News Today | Joana Carvalho

Swim training reduced the loss of muscle strength associated with ALS (5% less between 11 and 15 weeks), and increased citrate synthase activity by 26% compared with ALS mice that did not undergo swim training. Click here for the full article.

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January 16

ALS Researchers Discover New Biomarker and Drug Target | GEN

ALS Researchers Discover New Biomarker and Drug Target | GEN

A research team led by scientists at Harvard University said it has found a potential new biomarker and drug target for ALS. Published in Nature Neuroscience, the study relied on stem cell models of human motor neurons to reveal the gene STMN2 as a potential therapeutic target. Click here for the full article. 

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January 12

Major breakthrough in MND drug trial | Mercury

Major breakthrough in MND drug trial | Mercury

Australian scientists have developed a groundbreaking drug which postpones the development of Motor Neuron Disease. After a six-month drug trial, researchers at the Florey Institute and the University of Melbourne claim the drug CuATSM has slowed progress of the disease by 70 per cent in 32 patients. Click here for the full article and video.

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January 11

New Aussie drug gives hope to treat MND | SBS NEWS

New Aussie drug gives hope to treat MND | SBS NEWS

Australian researchers have developed a drug called CuATSM which has been found to slow the progression of motor neurone disease. Click here for the full article. 

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November 27

New Zealand has highest motor neurone mortality rate in the world | Stuff | Hannah Martin

New Zealand has highest motor neurone mortality rate in the world | Stuff | Hannah Martin

New Zealand has the highest mortality rates for motor neurone diseases in the world, new research has found. But little is known about why — sounding alarm bells for experts.

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November 27

New Zealand has world’s highest death rate from motor neuron disease | News Hub | Jamie Ensor

New Zealand has world’s highest death rate from motor neuron disease | News Hub | Jamie Ensor

A global study has revealed NZ has the highest mortality rate from MND, with 2 kiwis dying from the disease each week. According to the study, the risk of developing the disease is 1 in 300.

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November 5

Shocking:New Zealand death rate for motor neuron disease five times global average | NZ Herald | Emma Russell

Shocking:New Zealand death rate for motor neuron disease five times global average | NZ Herald | Emma Russell

NZ’s MND death rate is the highest in the world and five times the global average, a new study has found.  Experts are warning this shocking new finding should be a major wake-up call. Click here for full article

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June 18

Study reveals shocking death rates for Kiwis with motor neurone disease | NZ Herald

Study reveals shocking death rates for Kiwis with motor neurone disease | NZ Herald

Dr Emma Scotter, who led the study, said NZ doesn’t have higher MND mortality rates just due to living longer, or having a greater proportion of older people in our population. “It’s something other than just an age effect,” Scotter said. Click here for the full article

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June 18

NZ has highest rate of motor neurone disease of any country in the world | 1 News Now

NZ has highest rate of motor neurone disease of any country in the world | 1 News Now

A new study has found NZ has the highest rate of MND of any country in the world. Auckland Uni scientists found the MND mortality rate is as high as 2.8 deaths per 100,000 people. Internationally, the average is just 1.67 deaths per 100,000 people. Click here for full article and video clip

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April 24

Study: Athletes and footballers may be at greater risk of disease which killed Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone | Herald Scotland | V.Weldon

Study: Athletes and footballers may be at greater risk of disease which killed Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone | Herald Scotland | V.Weldon

Intense exercise could increase the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND), research suggests. People who are the most physically active, such athletes and footballers, could be as much as 26 per cent more likely to go on to suffer from the devastating condition.

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April 20

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease | BBC News

Scientists discover mechanism behind motor neurone disease | BBC News

Scientists say they have made a breakthrough in understanding the cause of both motor neurone disease and a rare form of dementia. They have discovered what causes a protein called FUS to stay in a jelly-like state, killing off brain cells.

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June 19

Transparent fish give hope for motor neuron disease | Sydney Morning Herald | Rick Fenley

Transparent fish give hope for motor neuron disease | Sydney Morning Herald | Rick Fenley

Dr Nicholas Cole is the keeper of thousands of transparent fish that glow with pretty blobs of fluorescent green, evidence they carry a human gene that causes “a true bastard of a disease”.

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