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

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:00:00 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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

ALS could be prevented with technique that halts protein clumping

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

SOD1 gene mutations form protein clumps, leading to motor neuron degeneration in ALS, but researchers may have found a way to halt this process.

Smoking linked to shorter survival after motor neurone disease diagnosis

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

...and younger age at symptom start.Smoking is linked to shorter survival after a diagnosis of motor neurone disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, as well as younger age when the...

FDA grants accelerated approval to first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Exondys 51 (eteplirsen) injection, the first drug approved to treat patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

New study highlights gene that could lead to new therapies for ALS

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have published a new study that describes a novel molecular mechanism that could lead to the development of new therapies for Amyotrophic...

Study could herald new treatment for muscular dystrophy

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

New research has shown that the corticosteroid deflazacort is a safe and effective treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

New areas of the brain identified where ALS gene is active

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:00:00 PDT

For the first time novel expression sites in the brain have been identified for a gene which is associated with Motor Neuron Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fuels novel gene discovery

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 PDT

Thanks to donations from 2014's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, researchers reveal they have discovered a new gene that contributes to ALS development.

Scientist develops gene therapy for muscle wasting

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 02:00:00 PDT

A discovery by Washington State University scientist Dan Rodgers and collaborator Paul Gregorevic could save millions of people suffering from muscle wasting disease.

Genetic factors are responsible for creating anatomical patterns in the brain cortex

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Brain imaging, twin studies and transcriptome data reveal genetic relationships between lobes.

Geneticists pinpoint three new genes with important roles in Motor Neurone Disease

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A large team led by researchers in the Netherlands and London conducted the largest-ever MND genetic analysis, which brought together the efforts of over 180 scientists from 17 different countries.

ALS research suggests stem cells be 'aged' to speed progress toward finding treatments

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Cedars-Sinai scientists are seeking to build an improved stem-cell model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to accelerate progress toward a cure for the devastating neurological disorder.

Reopening avenues for attacking ALS

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Known gene operates at a crossroad between disease and autoimmunity.Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT have found...

Promising new insights into ALS

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

VIB research marks new step in understanding neurodegenerative diseases. Research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) conducted by VIB-KU Leuven has led to interesting and unexpected...

Some genetic causes of ALS may need an epigenetic trigger to activate the disease

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:00:00 PDT

A new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal shows why, for some people, having a genetic predisposition to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may not be enough to actually...

Lou Gehrig's: Safety of stem cell treatment investigated

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Stem cell research may offer a glimmer of hope for the future treatment of Lou Gehrig’s disease. A new study examines its safety in humans.

Pilot study tests possible diagnostic tools for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:00:00 PDT

New animal research has shown that measuring copper concentrations and isotope ratios in blood and other tissue may allow early diagnosis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Pluristem reports data showing PLX-PAD cells effective in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapy products, has reported positive data from preclinical studies of its PLX-PAD cells in the treatment of Duchenne...

Toxoplasma infection might trigger neurodegenerative disease

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New research reveals how infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii could trigger neurodegenerative diseases in those predisposed to the conditions.

Cell insights shed light on how muscle-wasting disease takes hold

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 02:00:00 PDT

Fresh insights into how our cells control muscle development could aid understanding of muscular dystrophy and other inherited diseases.

Brain enzyme could prevent Alzheimer's, neurodegenerative disease

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A brain enzyme that protects against oxidative stress may also protect against protein clump formation - a key player in neurodegenerative disease.

Cells engineered from muscular dystrophy patients offer clues to variations in symptoms

Fri, 27 May 2016 07:00:00 PDT

Johns Hopkins researchers report they have inadvertently found a way to make human muscle cells bearing genetic mutations from people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Second gene modifies effect of mutation in a dog model of ALS

Tue, 17 May 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a neurodegenerative disease in dogs with similarities to ALS in humans.