Muscular Dystrophy News and Research

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The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. Some forms of MD are seen in infancy or childhood, while others may not appear until middle age or later. The disorders differ in terms of the distribution and extent of muscle weakness (some forms of MD also affect cardiac muscle), age of onset, rate of progression, and pattern of inheritance.
Researchers discover protein responsible for X chromosome inactivation

Researchers discover protein responsible for X chromosome inactivation

KFU medical departments seek to find treatments for hereditary syndromes

KFU medical departments seek to find treatments for hereditary syndromes

New cell-based technologies could help improve understanding of muscle-wasting disease

New cell-based technologies could help improve understanding of muscle-wasting disease

BU postdoctoral researcher wins competitive NIH Pathway to Independence Award

BU postdoctoral researcher wins competitive NIH Pathway to Independence Award

MSU students develop exoskeleton app for patient with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

MSU students develop exoskeleton app for patient with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Research sheds light on links between brain growth and post-natal sensory experiences

Research sheds light on links between brain growth and post-natal sensory experiences

Breakthrough study promises to bring gene-editing technology much closer to therapeutic reality

Breakthrough study promises to bring gene-editing technology much closer to therapeutic reality

Research establishes use of chimeric cells as potential therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Research establishes use of chimeric cells as potential therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

UCLA-developed nanospears could make gene therapies safer, faster and more cost-effective

UCLA-developed nanospears could make gene therapies safer, faster and more cost-effective

New guidelines intend to provide template for optimal, most up-to-date DMD care

New guidelines intend to provide template for optimal, most up-to-date DMD care

NIH-funded researchers use CRISPR to rapidly find new genetic suspects behind ALS, FTD

NIH-funded researchers use CRISPR to rapidly find new genetic suspects behind ALS, FTD

Study reveals key function of ALS-linked protein

Study reveals key function of ALS-linked protein

Salk researchers uncover power switch for muscles

Salk researchers uncover power switch for muscles

Plymouth researcher receives grant to further investigate causes of hereditary neuro-tumors

Plymouth researcher receives grant to further investigate causes of hereditary neuro-tumors

Leading consultants from the North East putting rare diseases expertise on world stage

Leading consultants from the North East putting rare diseases expertise on world stage

Cell therapy for heart disease caused by muscular dystrophy also improves limb strength, study shows

Cell therapy for heart disease caused by muscular dystrophy also improves limb strength, study shows

New tool measures cell strength 100 times faster than current technologies

New tool measures cell strength 100 times faster than current technologies

Cholesterol and other lipids in the blood play role in many diseases

Cholesterol and other lipids in the blood play role in many diseases

Researchers test effectiveness of investigational drug in treating diastolic dysfunction of the heart

Researchers test effectiveness of investigational drug in treating diastolic dysfunction of the heart

USC scientists uncover cellular mechanism responsible for ALS and frontotemporal dementia

USC scientists uncover cellular mechanism responsible for ALS and frontotemporal dementia