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    New Cells for ALS Patients

    I think this is a such great news. Check this out Agios, sounds good.




    New Cells for ALS Patients
    Surgeons have transplanted a second dose of neural cells into a patient's spinal cord in a pioneering trial.


    Susan Young

    Thursday, August 23, 2012



    This week, surgeons at Emory University in Atlanta implanted a second dose of neural cells into a patient's spinal cord, part of an experimental treatment aimed at slowing the progression of ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. The patient, Ted Harada, is the third person this summer to receive a second dose as part of the trial. The cells are produced by a Rockland, Maryland-based company called Neuralstem that isolates stem cells from the brain and spinal cord of aborted fetuses. The company is also targeting other major central nervous system conditions with its cell therapy platform, including spinal cord injury, ischemic spastic paraplegia, chronic stroke, and brain cancer.

    ALS gradually destroys the connections between the spinal cord and motor neurons, eventually robbing patients of all ability to move. The hope is that the cells injected into the spinal cord will provide support, perhaps by releasing growth factors, and prevent motor neurons from dying. "They nurture the dying motor neurons back to health or make them healthier and slow down the degenerative process," says Richard Garr, CEO of Neuralstem.

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    http://www.technologyreview.com/news...-als-patients/

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    keep it up Dr. Robert Brown!

    Docs make ALS breakthrough
    By Christine McConville
    Friday, August 31, 2012 - Updated 2 minutes ago

    Medical maestros trying to unravel the mystery of Lou Gehrig’s disease have made a breakthrough that may someday put the brakes on the rapidly paralyzing illness — a huge leap forward that the state’s top docs say could add years to patients’ lives.

    “It’s a big deal because most people with ALS only live three to four years after their diagnosis,” said Dr. Robert Brown, a University of Massachusetts Medical School neurologist who has spent decades studying the disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. “For a 50-year-old woman with ALS and two school-aged children, it’s significant. This latest data shows that there’s a way to slow the course of the disease, so she could live to see her children graduate from high school or even college.”

    read...

    http://www.bostonherald.com/business...eid=1061157033

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    Is it possible ALS trials could translate into a sci treatment?
    Han: "We are all ready to win, just as we are born knowing only life. It is defeat that you must learn to prepare for"

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    Smile

    Quote Originally Posted by jhope View Post
    is it possible als trials could translate into a sci treatment?
    hi! My 50 cent opinion is 100 percent yes.

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