UPDATE: NIH Studying Exercise in Men with SBMA

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is conducting a study to assess the safety and effectiveness of exercise in men with spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA), also known as Kennedy disease.

The utility of exercise in this disease is uncertain.

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Those enrolled in the study will be randomly assigned to either a strength or a stretching exercise program.

The study requires two visits to the NIH in Bethesda, Md., 12 weeks of monitoring at home, and a four-week phone and email follow-up period. There are no associated costs to participants.

Those in the trial will be informed of the results and given an opportunity to learn any exercises that are found to be beneficial.

To participate in the SBMA exercise trial

Prospective participants must:

  • have genetically confirmed SBMA;
  • be willing and able to participate in a 12-week exercise regimen;
  • be able to walk short distances;
  • be able to participate in a 16-week study with two visits to the NIH in Bethesda, Md.; and
  • meet other study criteria.

For details, contact Angela Kokkinis in Bethesda at (301) 451-8146 or akokkinis@cc.nih.gov or Christopher Grunseich in Bethesda at (301) 435-9288 or christopher.grunseich@nih.gov.

See also Effect of Functional Exercise in Patients With Spinal-Bulbar Muscular Atrophy; or enter NCT01369901 in the search box at ClinicalTrials.gov.

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