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Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body. The hallmark of myasthenia gravis is muscle weakness that increases during periods of activity and improves after periods of rest. Muscles that control eye and eyelid movements, facial expression, chewing, talking, and swallowing are often, but not always, involved. The muscles that control breathing and neck and limb movements may also be affected. Myasthenia gravis is caused by a defect in the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles. Normally when impulses travel down the nerve, the nerve endings release a neurotransmitter substance called acetylcholine. In myasthenia gravis, antibodies produced by the body's own immune system block, alter, or destroy the receptors for acetylcholine. The first noticeable symptoms of myasthenia gravis may be weakness of the eye muscles, difficulty in swallowing, or slurred speech. Symptoms vary in type and severity. Myasthenia gravis is not directly inherited nor is it contagious.
Protein from tick saliva shows potential for myasthenia gravis treatment

Protein from tick saliva shows potential for myasthenia gravis treatment

"HiCy" drug regimen reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms in selected patients

"HiCy" drug regimen reverses multiple sclerosis symptoms in selected patients

Men get autoimmune diseases, too!

Men get autoimmune diseases, too!

Researchers prevent muscle weakness caused by myasthenia gravis

Researchers prevent muscle weakness caused by myasthenia gravis

Rare bone marrow transplant procedure as University of California, San Diego Medical Center

Rare bone marrow transplant procedure as University of California, San Diego Medical Center

Accentia announces investigational new drug application for Revimmune for refractory MS

Accentia announces investigational new drug application for Revimmune for refractory MS

MS patients given hope with new vaccine treatment

MS patients given hope with new vaccine treatment

Ultra fast and ultra active: the strange life of the extraocular muscles

Ultra fast and ultra active: the strange life of the extraocular muscles

Serious warning placed on antibiotic Ketek

Serious warning placed on antibiotic Ketek

New methods for revealing nerve-muscle activity in live animals

New methods for revealing nerve-muscle activity in live animals

New orthostatic hypotension treatment reduces symptoms without causing high blood pressure

New orthostatic hypotension treatment reduces symptoms without causing high blood pressure

Yoga improves respiratory function

Yoga improves respiratory function

Identity Swap: Finding the variants that human history has favoured

Identity Swap: Finding the variants that human history has favoured

Immunomedics awarded U.S. and Australian patents

Immunomedics awarded U.S. and Australian patents

Neurologists have discovered a drug application smart enough to alleviate orthostatic hypotension

Neurologists have discovered a drug application smart enough to alleviate orthostatic hypotension

Effective treatment for soft tissue sarcoma (rhabdomyosarcoma)

Effective treatment for soft tissue sarcoma (rhabdomyosarcoma)

New teatment for intractable low blood pressure

New teatment for intractable low blood pressure