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TUDCA-ALS has started recruiting in the UK

TUDCA-ALS has started recruiting in the UK

Reading Time: 3 minutes TUDCA-ALS is a European Consortium (funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 grant) involving top researchers from seven countries across Europe (see Figure 1). The Consortium aims to find a new treatment to slow down the progression of MND/ALS by conducting a clinical trial to investigate the safety and efficacy (effectiveness) of Tauroursodeoxycholic…

Kennedy’s Disease vs ALS: How muscle patterns can aid diagnosis and perform as a novel biomarker

Kennedy’s Disease vs ALS: How muscle patterns can aid diagnosis and perform as a novel biomarker

Reading Time: 3 minutes Researchers from University College London led by Dr Pietro Fratta and Dr John Thornton found that muscle imaging can help distinguish Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) from Kennedy’s Disease based on the way specific muscle groups deteriorate in each condition. The method can also help assess the severity of the disease. ALS is a rapidly progressing…

Could MND be treated by HIV drugs?

Could MND be treated by HIV drugs?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Recently published results from the open-label Lighthouse trial investigating safety of the drug Triumeq in people with MND revealed the treatment was safe and ready to progress to a larger Phase 3 clinical trial. The trial was held in Australia and recruited 40 people with MND who all received the active drug; this was because…

Energy and metabolism in MND cells answer the burning question

Energy and metabolism in MND cells answer the burning question

Reading Time: 5 minutes Despite the winter chill, there is a warm fuzzy feeling today with the news of a paper published in the journal ‘Brain’ by an MND Association funded Research Fellow, Dr Scott Allen. Based at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), Dr Allen was awarded a Senior Non-Clinical Research Fellowship by the Association in 2016,…

Cannabis-based products for medicinal use

Reading Time: 7 minutes In November 2018 the Home Office released a draft Guideline scope for Cannabis-based products for medicinal use in which they announced that specialist doctors (like consultant neurologists) on the Special Register of the General Medical Council will be able to prescribe cannabis-based medicinal products to some patients. Before this, the only cannabis-based medicines licensed for…