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2012-06-18 22:04:28

A novel candidate gene in human early-onset degenerative ataxias Researchers at the University of Helsinki and the Folkhälsan Research Center, Finland, have identified the genetic cause of early-onset progressive cerebellar degeneration the Finnish Hound dog breed. The study, led by Professor Hannes Lohi, revealed a new disease mechanism in cerebellar degeneration. A mutation was identified in the SEL1L gene, which has no previous link to inherited cerebellar ataxias....

2012-02-27 05:20:00

Writer/Actors Jayce and Tiffany Bartok are very familiar with the damaging effects of the neuromuscular disease “Friedreichs Ataxia.” Jayce wrote and starred in the award-winning movie, “The Cake Eaters,” starring Kristen Stewart, which features Stewart playing the role of “Georgia” who has the disease “Friedreichs Ataxia.” This grabbed Kerry Westfall's attention. Wildomar, CA (PRWEB) February 26, 2012 CEO of the Westfall Foundation, Kerry...

2012-02-22 22:11:45

The University of South Florida-led multicenter study investigated the effectiveness of varenicline A nicotinic drug approved for smoking cessation significantly improved the walking ability of patients suffering from an inherited form of ataxia, reports a new clinical study led by University of South Florida researchers. The randomized controlled clinical trial investigated the effectiveness of varenicline (Chantix®) in treating spinocerebellar ataxia type 3, or SCA3. The findings...

2011-06-10 16:38:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Edison Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today preliminary results obtained on a 28-day phase 2A clinical trial in Friedreich's ataxia. While the primary endpoint of glucose disposition index (a measure of glucose handling by the body) did not show statistically significant improvement, EPI-A0001 did significantly improve neurological function as assessed by the Friedreich's Ataxia Rating Scale (FARS). This double-blind placebo-controlled...

2010-12-14 00:45:53

Effect on brain modified with drugs, could lead to therapeutic target Expression of a toxic RNA that leads to Fragile X Tremor Ataxia Syndrome is modifiable by genetic or pharmacologic means, according to new research from U-M Medical School scientists. In the study published online today in the journal Public Library Of Science Genetics, U-M's Peter K. Todd, M.D., Ph.D., led a team of researchers who examined the expression of a toxic messenger RNA (mRNA) seen in the brains of those...


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