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Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited diseases that are characterized by weakness and wasting away of muscle tissue, with or without the breakdown of nerve tissue. There are nine types of muscular dystrophy, with each type involving an eventual loss



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Children of patients with C9orf72 mutations are at a greater risk of frontotemporal dementia or ALS at a younger age

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene.



Dietary supplement could improve heart health

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Dietary intervention could benefit heart health in those with muscular dystrophy. That's according to new research published in Experimental Physiology.



Researchers show how Lou Gehrig's disease progression could be delayed

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A team of biomedical scientists has identified a molecule that targets a gene known to play a critical role in the rapid progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes known as Lou...



Gene discovery suggests new type of congenital muscular dystrophy

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PST

New study finds that mutations in INPP5K gene cause a new type of congenital muscular dystrophy with short stature, cataracts, and intellectual disability.



FDA approves drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Emflaza (deflazacort) tablets and oral suspension to treat patients age 5 years and older with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic...



Breakthrough technology enables communication in late-stage ALS

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A brain-computer interface has been found to enable people in a completely locked-in state in the late stages of ALS to communicate meaningfully.



Rebalancing gut microbiome lengthens survival in mouse model of ALS

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A bacterial by-product known to be important in maintaining gut health may slow the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS - a progressive, neurodegenerative disease.



Development of ALS syndromes caused by impairment of nuclear-cytoplasmic transport in motor neurons

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A team of scientists led by Dr. Paulo A Ferreira at Duke University Medical Center and whose work was supported by the National Institutes of Health, has found evidence that derailing the transport...



Scientists stop and reverse Alzheimer's-related brain damage in mice

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have found a molecule that restores normal levels of a protein responsible for Alzheimer's disease; tests were performed on mice and monkeys.



Study identifies potential drug targets for muscular dystrophy treatments

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Myotonic dystrophy type I (MD1) is a common form of muscular dystrophy associated with muscle wasting, weakness, and myotonia.



TSRI scientists devise new approaches to personalized medicines

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed broad methods to design precision medicines against currently incurable diseases caused by RNA.



12-month edaravone clinical study data in ALS presented at the 27th international symposium on als/mnd

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation (Head Office: Osaka; President & Representative Director, CEO: Dr.



Football players 'not at higher risk of neurodegenerative disease'

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:00:00 PST

Given that football players have a high risk of head trauma, a new study investigates if this also puts them at risk of brain degenerative disease.



Study investigates how to turn stem cells into motor neurons

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:00:00 PST

A team of researchers investigates details of the cellular mechanisms involved in transforming a stem cell into a motor neuron, through direct programming.



New drug might halt the progress of neurodegenerative disease

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Spinal muscular atrophy type 1 kills most infants by their second birthday. A new drug has shown positive results against the disease in young patients.



Screening newborns for muscle wasting condition not recommended, UK

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) finds babies should not be screened for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.



Muscular dystrophy: Cancer drug may boost muscle strength for some patients

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:00:00 PST

Researchers reveal how the cancer drug sunitinib may reduce muscle weakness for patients with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy - a form of muscular dystrophy.



3D imaging of muscles points to potential treatments for muscle diseases and injuries

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A new form of 3D imaging of muscles has allowed researchers to "see" inside muscle and trace long cables made up of a protein called collagen.



Paralyzed ALS patient operates speech computer with her mind

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

In the UMC Utrecht a brain implant has been placed in a patient enabling her to operate a speech computer with her mind. The researchers and the patient worked intensively to get the settings right.



New mouse model of ALS more closely mimics human disease

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Mouse model may help researchers better understand progressive neurological disease.



Physical and cognitive fitness may affect ALS risk

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

New research suggests that physical fitness, body mass index (BMI), IQ, and stress resilience in young adulthood may have effects on the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or...



DNA damage response links short telomeres, heart disorder in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Progressively shortening telomeres - the protective caps on the end of chromosomes - may be responsible for the weakened, enlarged hearts that kill many sufferers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy...



Dietary intake and function in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Are they associated?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PST

Is what you eat associated with better function and respiratory function for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) soon after diagnosis?



New research increases understanding of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PST

Severity of disease tied to gene that modulates the immune system.A new paper, co-written by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York, increases the understanding of...



ALS: Breakthrough discovery of destructive brain cells

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PST

Breakthrough research has discovered that a cell that usually supports motor neuron function can become destructive and cause cell death in ALS patients.