MDA-supported investigators are actively pursuing several approaches to halt or reverse the muscle damage caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Some of the front-running strategies include: inserting new dystrophin genes; changing the way cells interpret genetic instructions; changing the mutated dystrophin gene itself; manipulating other proteins in the body to compensate for the lack of dystrophin; increasing blood flow to skeletal muscles and the heart; combating inflammation; and using stem cells to repair damaged muscles.
It's not easy when your brother has muscular dystrophy. His illness might bring up thoughts and feelings that upset you. There may be questions you don't know the answers to. You might be shy about asking those questions and about asking for help because your brother needs so much attention.
This brochure was written especially for you. It will help you let people know, "Hey! I'm here, too!"
In the early stages, Duchenne MD affects the shoulder and upper arm muscles and the muscles of the hips and thighs. These weaknesses lead to difficulty in rising from the floor, climbing stairs, maintaining balance and raising the arms.
MDA leads the search for treatments and therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The Association also provides comprehensive supports and expert clinical care for those living with DMD.
In this section, you’ll find up-to-date information about Duchenne muscular dystrophy, as well as many helpful resources. This information has been compiled with input from researchers, physicians and people affected by the disease.
Matt has been painting for several years. His favorite subjects are computer graphics, history and biology. Matt had artwork chosen for display at the Falls Church High School annual exhibit in 2007. He scans many of his pieces of artwork, and uses them for note cards and holiday cards.
Tommy created this mask at age 11 at an MDA-sponsored children’s art workshop held October 30, 1993, at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. His hobbies include pencil sketching, studying animals and working on the computer.
Kaalan attends Dekaney High School in Houston. His favorite subjects are English, art and animal science. Kaalan drew this artwork based on a hero theme. He has been drawing pictures since he was a youngster.
Robin created this painting at age 17 at an MDA-sponsored workshop held at the Methodist Hospital in Houston. In high school, he won school awards for his artwork. He also was a member of the National Honor Society and National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Robin attended the University of Houston.