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Jeannine
03-28-2012, 02:34 PM
Neuralstem ALS Stem Cell Trial Interim Results Reported in the Journal, STEM CELLS

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/neuralstem-als-stem-cell-trial-interim-results-reported-in-the-journal-stem-cells-2012-03-28


ROCKVILLE, Md., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Neuralstem, Inc. /quotes/zigman/445597/quotes/nls/cur CUR +2.86% announced that safety results from the first 12 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) to receive its stem cells were reported online in the peer-reviewed publication, STEM CELLS, on March 13th. "Lumbar Intraspinal Injection of Neural Stem Cells in Patients with ALS: Results of a Phase I Trial in 12 Patients" ( http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22415942.1 ) reports that one patient has shown improvement in his clinical status, even though researchers caution that the study was not designed to show efficacy. Additionally, there was no evidence of accelerated disease progression due to the intervention in any of the 12 patients, who were followed from 6-18 months after they were transplanted with the cells. All of the patients, who received transplants in the lumbar (lower back) region, tolerated the treatment without any long-term complications related to either the surgery or the cells