Muscular Dystrophies

BMD Conference Videos Cover Health Care, Research and Daily Living

Videos of the entire MDA-sponsored Becker Muscular Dystrophy Conference, held in Chicago on Aug. 11, 2012, are now archived on the Conference video page.

Sarepta Issues ‘Open Letter’ Explaining Development of Eteplirsen for DMD

In July 2012, Sarepta Therapeutics announced encouraging interim results for its phase 2b trial of eteplirsen, an experimental exon-skipping drug in development to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) caused by specific mutations in the dystrophin gene.

MDA Applauds Congress for Including Two Neuromuscular Diseases in Pediatric Research Bill

In July, days before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate went into recess, bipartisan legislation was introduced in both houses to strengthen research into pediatric diseases.

MDA Commits $10.7 Million to Neuromuscular Disease Research

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded 33 new grants totaling $10,684,481 to fund research projects focused on uncovering the causes of, and developing therapies for, neuromuscular disease.

MDA's Board of Directors reviewed and approved the new grants based on recommendations from the Association's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committees, and the grants took effect Aug. 1.

DMD Research Briefs: Exon Skipping Advances in Trials, Lab

Exon skipping is an experimental therapeutic strategy in which regions — exons— of a gene are targeted and blocked ("skipped") by laboratory-designed molecules. The goal is that the remaining genetic instructions will lead to production of a shorter but still-functional protein.

DUX4 Protein Not Unique to FSHD-Affected Muscles

Researchers supported in part by MDA have recently found evidence that production of the full-length version of a protein known as DUX4— previously associated exclusively with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)— also can occur in people who don't have the disease.

Doctors Surprised By Which Symptoms Matter Most to Adults with MMD1, FSHD

Traditionally, outcome measures— the observations investigators make in a clinical trial to decide whether one treatment is better than another or better than a placebo — are determined by factors in a disease that are considered important by physicians and other professionals.

But in recent years, there has been increasing interest in finding out what matters most to people with the condition being studied.

Survey Examines Newborn Screening for Neuromuscular Disease

MDA is conducting a survey designed to assess the experiences of parents in the United States whose babies underwent newborn screening at the time of birth, with an eye toward the future possibility of newborn screening tests being recommended for certain neuromuscular diseases in which therapy development is advancing rapidly.

'Gapmer Antisense' Stops Disease in MMD1 Mice

An experimental treatment for type 1 myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD1, or DM1) has corrected several aspects of the disease in an MMD1 mouse model.

A year after treatment with an experimental antisense oligonucleotide dubbed ASO 445236 ended, positive effects remained apparent in the mice.

Researchers Studying Children's Use of Mobility Devices

If you're the parent of a young child who uses a power mobility device, researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children — both in western Canada — are interested in hearing from you. The study is open to U.S. residents.

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