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ALS Research: Risk Raisers

A large, multinational study to identify genetic risk factors associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has found two DNA sequences on chromosomes 9 and one on chromosome 19 that are significantly different in people with and without the disease and may contribute to its development.

DMD, BMD Research: Utrophin from Obesity Drug?

An experimental drug being developed to treat obesity and high blood lipid (fat) levels also may have promise for the treatment of Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies, according to new, MDA-supported research from the University of Ottawa.

MDA grantee Bernard Jasmin and graduate student Pedro Miura coordinated and led the study team, which published results online Sept. 10, 2009, in Human Molecular Genetics.

ALS Risk Raisers

A large, multinational study to identify genetic risk factors associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has found two DNA sequences on chromosomes 9 and one on chromosome 19 that are significantly different in people with and without the disease and may contribute to its development.

Obesity Drug Increases Utrophin

An experimental drug being developed to treat obesity and high blood lipid (fat) levels also may have promise for the treatment of Duchenne (DMD) and Becker (BMD) muscular dystrophies, according to new, MDA-supported research from the University of Ottawa.

MDA grantee Bernard Jasmin and graduate student Pedro Miura coordinated and led the study team, which published results online Sept. 10, 2009, in Human Molecular Genetics.

DMD Research: Diagnostic Delays Common

A study that analyzed medical records from four U.S. states has found that the average time between symptom onset and diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is 2.5 years, an interval that hasn't changed in two decades.

This delay in identification postpones treatment that can slow the progression of the disease and results in lost opportunities for genetic counseling of parents.

ALS Profile: Hawaiian Still Smiling

 

Mito Disease Research: New Prevention Strategy

Scentists at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland have developed an assisted-reproduction technique that has the potential to allow mothers with mitochondrial myopathies and other mitochondrial diseases to virtually eliminate the risk of passing on the disease to their children.

FSHD: Abnormal Activation

An MDA-supported team of scientists in the United States and the Netherlands has uncovered new leads about the origins of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a disease whose biochemical underpinnings have proved elusive to scientists despite years of investigation.

IBM Research: Doubts about Tau

Abnormal accumulation of a protein called "tau" has been considered by many to contribute to muscle degeneration in inclusion-body myositis (IBM). But recently, MDA grantee Steven Greenberg and colleagues at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston have cast doubt on this purported disease mechanism and say it's too early to develop drugs for IBM based on it.

Advocacy: Catching Legislators at Home

Thanks to a new communications effort by MDA’s Advocacy Department – the Fly Out -- members of Congress are getting to hear the concerns of the MDA community first-hand and on their home turf.

The MDA Fly Out, which has been taking place around the country throughout August, capitalizes on Congress’ annual recess when most legislators head to their home districts and meet with constituents, either one-on-one or at public meetings.

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