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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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How do muscles work?

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Find out how muscles move, how they repair themselves after injury, and why scientists say that antioxidants after exercise might not be good after all.



Could this hormone rejuvenate memory?

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study suggests that osteocalcin, which is a hormone derived from bone cells, can help to reverse the effects of age-related memory decline.



Researchers discover fundamental pathology behind ALS

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team led by scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Mayo Clinic has identified a basic biological mechanism that kills neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and in a...



Scientists prevent neurodegeneration-associated protein clumping in lab study

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Scientists report in a new study that by imitating a natural process of cells, they prevented the formation of protein clumps associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal...



Clinical trial shows some promise for Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The results of an international clinical trial, led in part by a UC Davis School of Medicine expert, have shown that a drug therapy for a severe type of muscular dystrophy holds promise for a...



New discovery in MND and dementia could pave the way to novel treatments

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 PDT

New discovery in motor neurone disease and dementia could pave the way to novel treatments.



New gene therapy treatment routes for motor neurone disease uncovered in new study

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists investigating the genetic causes and altered functioning of nerve cells in motor neurone disease (MND) have discovered a new mechanism that could lead to fresh treatment approaches for one...



What percentage of ALS is genetic?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Up to 90 percent of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) report that they have no family history of the disease.



Study shows drug lowers levels of biomarker linked to ALS

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that a decades-old drug used to treat malaria lowers levels of a biomarker linked to the inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's Disease.



One gene closer to regenerative therapy for muscular disorders

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A detour on the road to regenerative medicine for people with muscular disorders is figuring out how to coax muscle stem cells to fuse together and form functioning skeletal muscle tissues.



Motor neuron disease discovery offers new insights into potential treatment targets

Wed, 31 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Scientists have discovered how certain forms of motor neuron disease begin and progress at cellular and molecular levels, revealing potential new ways to slow down or even stop this process.



MS vs. ALS: Differences, causes, and treatment

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

MS and ALS both affect the central nervous system, but in different ways. Learn about the key differences between the two, specific symptoms, and outlook.



Weekly steroids strengthen and repair muscles

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Weekly doses of glucocorticoid steroids, such as prednisone, help speed recovery in muscle injuries, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.



FDA approves drug to treat ALS

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves Radicava (edaravone) to treat patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.



Gene silencing shows promise for treating two fatal neurological disorders

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In two studies of mice, researchers showed that a drug, engineered to combat the gene that causes spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2), might also be used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...



A new marker for the most common form of ALS

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A molecule found in blood and cerebrospinal fluid could serve as an indicator for the most common form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), offering a much needed tool to measure disease...



Occupational exposure to magnetic fields increases risk of ALS

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that high exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields through work significantly increases the risk of dying from ALS.



'Groundbreaking' technology enables quadriplegic man to move his limbs

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Using neuroprosthetic technology, scientists have enabled a man who had been quadriplegic for 8 years to move his limbs and perform daily tasks.



Scientists discover shared genetic origin for ALS/MND and schizophrenia

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers have shown for the first time that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and schizophrenia have a shared genetic origin, indicating that the...



Researchers identify potential treatment for type of muscle and brain degenerative disease

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

UCLA researchers have discovered the molecular basis of, and identified potential treatment for, an incurable disease known as inclusion body myopathy, Paget disease with frontotemporal dementia...



New toxic pathway identified for protein aggregates in neurodegenerative disease

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Led by professor Ludo Van Den Bosch (VIB-KU Leuven), scientists from Belgium, the UK and the US have identified new processes that form protein "clumps" that are characteristic of amyotrophic...



Caffeine may ward off dementia by boosting protective enzyme

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers have uncovered a number of compounds - including caffeine - that boost production of the enzyme NMNAT2, which may protect against dementia.



Red wine compound found to slow down neural aging in mice

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New study shows that resveratrol reduces age-induced deterioration of neuromuscular synapses in mice. Anti-diabetes drug may also slow down muscular aging.



Molecular structure of the cell nucleoskeleton revealed for the first time

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Using 3D electron microscopy, structural biologists from the University of Zurich succeeded in elucidating the architecture of the lamina of the cell nucleus at molecular resolution for the first...



Meditation benefits patients with ALS

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An eight-week mindfulness-based meditation program led to improved quality of life and psychological well-being in clinical trial of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).