Metabolic Diseases of Muscle

New Forms of Genetic Testing Improve Diagnosis, Raise Questions

“Knowing, if not all, is almost all,” said Matthew Harms, a neurologist and neurophysiologist from Washington University in St. Louis, in his presentation on genetic testing for neuromuscular disorders at the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference, held in Chicago March 16-19.

Genzyme and MDA Provide Pompe Families with Free Testing

Pompe disease (acid maltase deficiency, or GAA deficiency) shares symptoms with several other disorders and, in the absence of specific testing, can sometimes be confused with these other conditions.

MD Briefs: Registries Are Still Open

FSHD, MMD: Registry remains open

The University of Rochester Medical Center in New York state would like to remind people with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) or myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD, or DM), and their families, about its registry to advance research in these two disorders.

Newborn Screening Recommended for Pompe Disease

The Discretionary Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (DACHDNC) today voted to add Pompe disease (acid maltase deficiency) to a list of diseases that it recommends states screen for in newborns.

‘Focused, Intense’ MDA Conference Advances Neuromuscular Disease Research

Turning neuromuscular disease research into treatments as quickly and effectively as possible was the overarching theme of dozens of formal presentations, nearly 200 scientific posters, and countless informal conversations at the MDA Scientific Conference, April 21-24.

A palpable sense of excitement pervaded the sold-out event thanks to the unprecedented number of experimental treatments in clinical trials for neuromuscular diseases, and the unique opportunity the conference provided for information-sharing and collaboration among scientific professionals from many disciplines.

Pompe Disease, DMD: Newborn Screening Proposed

Proposals exploring the feasibility and advisability of implementating newborn screening for two disorders in MDA's program — Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Pompe disease— were presented to a federal advisory committee in a "virtual" meeting Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2013.

Catena for FA To Be Discontinued in Canada

Idebenone (under the brand name Catena) in July 2008 received conditional market approval in Canada for the treatment of Friedreich's ataxia (FA). Now, based on additional data that fails to confirm that treatment with Catena is beneficial in FA, Santhera Pharmaceuticals has announced it will discontinue sales of the drug April 30, 2013.

Pompe Disease 'Chaperone' Drug Moving Forward

The experimental drug AT2220 has shown benefit as an enhancer of enzyme replacement therapy for the metabolic muscle disorder Pompe disease (acid maltase deficiency).

The drug, a pharmacological chaperone, is designed to:

$13.6 Million in New MDA Grants Promote Understanding, Treatment of Neuromuscular Diseases

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 44 new grants totaling $13.6 million to advance the understanding and treatment of neuromuscular diseases. The new grants, most of which took effect Feb. 1, encompass a range of diseases covered by MDA’s research program, and they support innovative approaches to basic research and new drug development.

In addition to addressing 16 specific neuromuscular diseases under MDA’s umbrella, the grants also fund research into muscular dystrophy in general, and research into muscle physiology related to neuromuscular disease.

Friedreich’s Ataxia: Drug Enters Phase 2b Clinical Trial

Edison Pharmaceuticals has launched a phase 2b clinical trial of its experimental drug EPI-743 in adults with Friedreich's ataxia (FA) to assess whether the drug has positive effects on visual function, neurological and neuromuscular function, and disease-associated biomarkers.

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