S C Stromatt

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We modified the World Federation of Neurology (WFN) diagnostic criteria for ALS to facilitate early diagnosis and used these criteria for enrollment of ALS patients in a clinical trial. The criteria developed required lower motor neuron (LMN) involvement in at least two limbs and upper motor neuron involvement in at least one region (bulbar, cervical, or(More)
Preclinical investigations indicated that recombinant human ciliary neurotrophic factor (rhCNTF) may have potential as therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We evaluated the safety and efficacy of rhCNTF in a prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 570 patients with ALS. Patients were randomized to receive 0.5, 2, or 5(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies concluded that the decline in strength in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a linear function. If so, a patient's natural history might serve as the control, instead of placebo, in a clinical trial. METHODS A placebo-controlled ALS clinical trial included a natural history phase, followed by a 6-month(More)
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