Italy Makes ALS Breakthrough

091114-cronaca-1As Ice Bucket fundraising continues to attract celebrities, Italian researchers apparently have developed tests that will enable early diagnosis of ALS, the medical journal Neurology has reported.

The genesis of the diagnostic procedure was collaboration between Marco Pagani, a researcher at Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology in Rome, Adriano Chio, director of the ALS Expert Centre at Turin’s Molinetti Hospital and Dr. Andelina Cistaro, a researcher at Turin’s PET IRMET Centre.

The diagnosis is ascertained by a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan that allows for a test with 95 percent accuracy, representing a major step forward in early diagnosis.

In the past diagnosis of ALS was only through clinical investigation and required long periods of observation.

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