Endocrine Myopathies

Yvonne Nieves

Location

Avondale, LA

Yvonne began concentrating on photography in 2002, and her works have received several awards. This violin was made by Harold Ira Sayre of Milan, Mo., who was a carpenter and loved music. He retired in 1976 and needing a pastime, decided to make violins even though he didn’t play or sing. The violin in this photo took 600 hours to complete and is now owned by his grandson. Mr. Sayre died several years ago, and the violin has not been played since, hence the title, “Sweet Silence.”

Full name: 
Yvonne Nieves
Artist: 
Yvonne Nieves
Medium: 
Photograph

Jessica M. Keller

Location

Fresno, CA

Jessica is a self-taught artist. She began creating artwork as a child and assumed art as a full-time career in 1995. Jessica works in various media and especially likes to depict Polynesian culture and landscapes. She has won awards in the many exhibits where her work has been shown.

Full name: 
Jessica Keller
Artist: 
Jessica M. Keller
Medium: 
Mixed Media

Theresa Baca Poche

Location

Desert Hot Springs, CA

Theresa began painting in 1995 and has found it to be a great stress-relieving hobby. She has won awards for artwork and photographs displayed in Palm Springs. Along with painting, she enjoys taking photos and spending time with family.

Full name: 
Theresa Baca Poche
Artist: 
Theresa Baca Poche
Medium: 
Acrylic

Periodic paralyses (hyperkalemic, hypokalemic, Andersen-Tawil syndrome)

What is periodic paralysis?

This section presents information about three types of periodic paralysis:

Living With

Dear Friends:

When I was in my early teens, I was having an ice cream at the mall with some friends, and suddenly I couldn’t move a muscle.

Christine Swanson and family
Christine Swanson at the beach with her family

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Clinical Trials

About clinical trials

A clinical trial is a test in humans of an experimental medication or therapy. Clinical trials are experiments, not treatments, and participation requires careful consideration.

Although it's possible to benefit from participating in a clinical trial, it's also possible that no benefit — or even harm — may occur. Keep your MDA clinic doctor informed about any clinical trial participation. (Note that MDA has no ability to influence who is chosen to participate in a clinical trial.)

Research

Alan Beggs
Alan Beggs at Harvard University has had MDA support to study the molecular genetics of inheritable myopathies.

With MDA’s support, scientists have made significant progress toward understanding and treating the inherited myopathies.

Medical Management

Some myopathies, especially when they’re present from birth, have life-threatening complications. But, with time and physical therapy, some people born with myopathies can gain muscle strength. Others often can manage their symptoms through medication, lifestyle modifications, or use of orthopedic and respiratory equipment.

Myopathies aren’t caused by overexertion. However, exercise can aggravate some of the myopathies, because of mutations that change the way muscles respond to activity.

Causes/Inheritance

This section addresses the following:

Inherited and Endocrine Myopathies

Description: 

MDA leads the search for treatments and therapies for inherited and endocrine myopathies. The Association also provides comprehensive supports and expert clinical care for those living with inherited and endocrine myopathies.

In this section, you’ll find up-to-date information about inherited and endocrine myopathies, as well as many helpful resources. This information has been compiled with input from researchers, physicians and people affected by the disease.

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