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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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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.



ALS could be prevented with technique that halts protein clumping

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PST

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 PST

...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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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...