Treating ALS

While we do not yet have a cure for ALS, there is treatment. First, there is medicine, Rilutek, which slows the disease progression by decreasing glutamate levels. In addition there are many ongoing Clinical Trials that use agents that target possible causes of the disease. Furthermore, advances in the aggressive treatment of respiratory complications of ALS with noninvasive ventilation and respiratory management as well as aggressive nutritional intervention have provided significant improvements in the morbidity and mortality. Finally, there are symptom specific treatments and a multidisciplinary approach utilizing occupational and physical therapists, speech therapists, nutritionists, and nurse specialists that have led to improved quality of life and maximization of function in the person living with ALS. A review of disease specific treatment, clinical trials, and symptom management follows.

News from The Packard Center

A study just published in Nature, "C9orf72 nucleotide ... read more

Assistive Technology in the Spotlight

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Dr. Robert P Bowser to Speak at the Annual Research Update & Awards Program

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Remembering Marlene Ciechoski

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Out and Back Party Run!

18th Annual Out and Back Party Run Date Friday, ... read more

Clinical Research Learning Institute (CRLI) Returns to Philadelphia

Please note that we have extended the deadline to submit ... read more