Muscular Dystrophy Treatment News and Information

What is Muscular Dystrophy and What Causes It? (Definition)

Muscular dystrophies are a group of diseases or genetic disorders caused by defects in a person’s genes. These genetic defects lead to muscle weakness, which over time, decreases mobility and makes day to day living difficult. In some forms of this disease, the heart and other organs are also affected. Most of the muscular dystrophies are a form of inherited disease called X-linked disorders or genetic diseases that mothers can transmit to their sons even though the mothers themselves are unaffected by the disease.

Muscular dystrophy is rare, and there is not a lot of data on how many people are affected by the condition. There are 9 major forms of Muscular Dystrophy, these include Becker, Myotonic, Duchenne, Congenital, Limb-girdle, Distal, Emery-Dreifuss, Facioscapulohumeral and Oculopharyngeal.

Muscular Dystrophy Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control, different types of muscular dystrophy affect specific groups of muscles, have a specific age when signs and symptoms are first seen, and vary in how severe they can be.

For most types of muscular dystrophy, symptoms typically start to show up in childhood or in the teen years. Symptoms may include muscle weakness, falling down, muscle cramps, trouble climbing stairs, jumping or running. Other notable symptoms may include droopy eyelids, scoliosis or a curved spine, vision problems, facial muscle weakness, trouble breathing or swallowing and heart problems.

See below for updated news and information regarding Muscular Dystrophy including new medical research, treatment options and advancements. 

Latest Muscular Dystrophy News

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research News: Scientists replace piece of gene mutated in Duchenne muscular dystrophy in effort to make healthy muscle

(SOURCE: AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY) - Scientists are using “gene scissors” to cut off the code of a defective gene that results in progressively weaker muscles and death in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and replace it with a synthetic code they hope will one day restore healthy life to these patients.  “We want to use genetically corrected stem cells to replace the stem ...
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Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research News: Stanford patient is first infant to receive lifesaving drug for neurodegenerative disease

(SOURCE: STANFORD UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER) - Zoe Harting became the first baby in the world to receive an experimental drug that her doctors hoped would save the lives of thousands of infants like her. Zoe has spinal muscular atrophy type 1, a degenerative neuromuscular disease that kills most patients by their second birthday. Before she began receiving the drug, 7-month-old Zoe was ...
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Muscular Dystrophy Research News: Stem cells police themselves to reduce scarring, study finds

(SOURCE: STANFORD MEDICINE) Stem cells produce a decoy protein to attenuate growth signals. Artificially regulating this pathway might help keep muscles supple in muscular dystrophy or during normal aging, researchers hope. Treating mice with a compound that increases the expression of an inactive protein helped them heal from injury with less scarring, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford ...
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Muscular Dystrophy Causes and News: Scientists Discover Possible Origin of Muscle Disorders

(UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH CARE) According to a recent press release, muscular dystrophies, congenital heart muscle defects, and other muscle disorders often arise for reasons that scientists don't fully understand. Now researchers from the UNC School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine have discovered an important process in muscle cells whose disruption could turn out to be a ...
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Immune System Gene May Play Important Role in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

(News Medical Life Sciences) According to an article recently published in News Medical Life Sciences, a new paper, co-written by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York, increases the understanding of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)—one of the most common lethal genetic disorders—and points to potential therapeutic approaches ...
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A Vitamin Offers Hope for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

(Science Daily) According to an article recently published in Science Daily, researchers at EPFL are working on a new approach to take on one of the most severe forms of muscular dystrophy. Rather than acting on the defective gene, they are using large doses of a vitamin ...
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