ALS and the fight for the cure…

Currently there are several organizations that are trying to develop different methods to fight and ultimately cure ALS. The most impactful thing that everyone can do is keep a positive mind set. Miracles are happening! Power of prayer is important and we appreciate all your prayers and meditative thoughts.

As you click on the links that I have provided giving you the most current and accurate information on ALS please feel free to become a crusador in the fight to cure ALS. This is extremely important as we have to become advocates of ALS to help raise awareness and money to find a cure!

1. Get to a ALS clinic. The one I go to is Duke ALS clinic in Durham, North Carolina. I work with Dr. Bedlack
2. Get involved with a clinical trial.
3. Raise awareness through walks, charity events, golf tournaments, etc.

Monday, September 21, 2009, 10:47am EDT  |  Modified: Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 3:10am

Neural stem wins FDA approval for ALS stem cell trial

Washington Business Journal – by Tucker Echols Staff Reporter

ALS is fatal neurodegenerative disease that kills by paralysis. Currently there is no effective treatment or cure for the 30,000 people in the U.S. Suffering from the disease. About 7,000 new ALS diagnoses are made every year.
Neuralstem said that the Phase I trial winning the Food and Drug Administration’s blessing would study the safety of Neuralstem’s cells and the surgical procedures and devices required for multiple injections of Neuralstem’s cells directly into the grey matter of the spinal cord of human patients with varying degrees of the disease.
Twelve patients will receive five-to-ten injections of Neuralstem’s patented human neural stem cells in the lumbar area of the spinal cord. In addition to establishing the safety and feasibility of the treatment, Neuralstem hopes to be able to measure a slowing down of the ALS degenerative process. Final results from the trial are expected in approximately two years.
Neuralstem said the trial will be under the direction of principal investigator Dr. Eva L. Feldman, Director of the University of Michigan Health System ALS Clinic and the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery. Feldman called the trial a major step forward in the treatment of ALS. “In work with animals, these spinal cord stem cells both protected at-risk motor neurons and made connections to the neurons controlling muscles. We don’t want to raise expectations unduly, but we believe these stem cells could produce similar results in patients with ALS,” Dr. Feldman said.
News of the FDA’s approval of the trial, which had been delayed in February, sent Neuralstem shares up as much as 57 percent in Monday trading. At close, Neuralstem stock (NYSE Amex: CUR) was up 21 cents to $2.08.


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