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Could Heavier Folks Be at Lower Risk for ALS?

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 – It's not often that anything good is associated with obesity. Yet heavy folks and those who bulk up as they age may have less risk for the deadly disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study finds. The Norwegian study found that over several decades, people who packed on the most weight had a 37% lower risk of ALS compared to those who maintained their...

Mind-Reading Tech Could Bring 'Synthetic Speech' to Brain-Damaged Patients

Posted 24 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 – Reading the brain waves that control a person's vocal tract might be the best way to help return a voice to people who've lost their ability to speak, a new study suggests. A brain-machine interface creates natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain activity to control a "virtual" vocal tract – an anatomically detailed computer simulation that reflects the...

Blacks Live Longer, Not Necessarily Better, With ALS

Posted 5 Apr 2019 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 5, 2019 – Black Americans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) tend to live longer than whites with the disease because blacks are more likely to have a procedure called a tracheostomy, a new study shows. But that may not always be a good thing, the researchers noted. ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that destroys nerve cells...

Are Soccer Pros at Higher Risk for ALS?

Posted 1 Mar 2019 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 – Professional soccer players may be vulnerable to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. The Italian researchers also found that soccer players may develop the neurodegenerative disease at a much younger age than people in the general population. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, affects nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement such...

'Mind-Reading' AI Turns Thoughts Into Spoken Words

Posted 30 Jan 2019 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 – In a breakthrough straight out of the world of science fiction, a team of researchers has used artificial intelligence (AI) to turn brain signals into computer-generated speech. The feat was accomplished with the assistance of five epilepsy patients. All had been outfitted with various types of brain electrodes as part of their seizure treatment. This allowed the...

ALS Affects the Mind, Not Just the Body

Posted 13 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 – The minds of patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are damaged by the disease, despite the longstanding belief that this was not the case, a new study reveals. In fact, in the later stages of ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, patients experience a decline in their thinking and language skills, researchers report. "This is the first study...

ITF Pharma Announces FDA Approval of Tiglutik (riluzole) Oral Suspension for the Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

BERWYN, Pa., Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – ITF Pharma, a U.S.-based specialty pharmaceutical company and a subsidiary of Italfarmaco, a privately-held European specialty pharmaceutical company, committed to investing in and commercializing impactful medicines in therapeutic areas with unfulfilled needs, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Tiglutik...

Extreme Exercisers May Have Higher Odds for ALS

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – Fitness buffs who push themselves to the limit during workouts might slightly increase their risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. The same may hold true for working stiffs whose jobs place extreme physical demands upon them, the European researchers said. But the study did not prove that extreme exercise actually causes ALS risk...

Diesel Exhaust Might Raise Truckers' Odds for ALS

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Truckers and others who are routinely exposed to diesel fumes while on the job might face a greater chance of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. The increased risk hit a high of 40 percent when compared against men with no such exposure, said study author Aisha Dickerson. She's a postdoctoral research fellow with the Harvard T.H. Chan...

FDA: Serious Problems at Florida Stem Cell Clinic

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

A Florida stem cell clinic has been cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for what the agency describes as serious problems that could pose health risks to patients. The agency said Monday that it has cited US Stem Cell Clinic, of Sunrise, for marketing stem cell products without FDA approval and for "significant deviations from current good manufacturing practice requirements,"...

White Collar Workers at Higher Odds of Death From ALS, Parkinson's

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Typically, better-paying jobs and those that require higher education are thought more desirable, but a new study suggests white collar workers have a higher risk of death from two neurodegenerative diseases. The research found that richer, better-educated people with Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease), appear...

Dying May Not Be as Awful an Experience as You Think

Posted 7 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – Does the very idea of death worry and frighten you? There may be reassurance from a new study that finds those fears might be exaggerated. In fact, the research shows, death is often described as a peaceful, "unexpectedly positive" experience by those who approach it. Death is one of life's guarantees, yet it's something people often avoid talking about, according to...

Rogue Genes May Cause Some ALS Cases

Posted 22 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017 – Gene mutations may cause up to 17 percent of cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in patients with no family history of the disease, a new study finds. ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurological disease that typically leads to complete paralysis and death. There is no cure. It is called familial ALS when there is a clear...

FDA Approves Radicava - First New Drug for ALS in Decades

Posted 8 May 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 8, 2017 – The first new drug to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in more than 20 years has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Radicava (edaravone) is taken intravenously daily for 14 days, followed by 14 days without the drug. Subsequent treatment cycles consist of treatment for 10 out of 14 days, followed by 14 days without the drug. "After learning...

FDA Approves Radicava (edaravone) to Treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Posted 6 May 2017 by Drugs.com

May 5, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Radicava (edaravone) to treat patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “After learning about the use of edaravone to treat ALS in Japan, we rapidly engaged with the drug developer about filing a marketing application in the United States,” said Eric Bastings, M.D., deputy dir...

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