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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Target Gene Identified for Therapies to Combat Muscular Dystrophy

Nov. 12, 2015 — Researchers have shown that a gene called Jagged1, or JAG1 for short, could be a target for the development of new approaches to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder characterized by ... read more

New Research Sees Zebrafish Earn Their Stripes in the Fight Against Muscular Dystrophy

Oct. 13, 2015 — New research has demonstrated a new method for observing the behavior of the protein Dystrophin in a living animal cell, in real-time. This breakthrough may provide a key to understanding how to ... read more

iPS Cells Discover Drug Target for Muscle Disease

Aug. 20, 2015 — Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is disease that leads to the degeneration of muscle due to dysfunctional expression of the protein dystrophin. A new iPS cell model found that the early stages of ... read more

Important Regulation of Cell Invaginations Discovered

Aug. 6, 2015 — Lack of microinvaginations in the cell membrane, caveolae, can cause serious diseases such as lipodystrophy and muscular dystrophy. Researchers have now discovered a “main switch” that regulates ... read more

Aug. 3, 2015 — Investigators report that they have been able to drive cells to grow into muscle fibers, producing millimeter-long muscle fibers capable of contracting in a dish and multiplying in large numbers. ... read more

Inactivity Reduces People's Muscle Strength

June 26, 2015 — It only takes two weeks of not using their legs for young people to lose a third of their muscular strength, leaving them on par with a person who is 40-50 years their senior, new research ... read more

June 18, 2015 — A cosmetic surgery that uses injections of hyaluronic acid to make lips appear fuller could also improve the lives of people with facial paralysis, according to results of a small ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Researchers have made a critical discovery about a gene involved in muscular dystrophy that could lead to future therapies for the currently untreatable disease. Facioscapulohumeral muscular ... read more

'Alzheimer's Protein' Plays Role in Maintaining Eye Health, Muscle Strength

June 9, 2015 — Amyloid precursor protein (APP), a key protein implicated in the development Alzheimer's disease, may play an important role in eye and muscle health. In a new report, scientists say they have ... read more

Likely Genetic Source of Muscle Weakness Found in Six Previously Undiagnosed Children

Apr. 9, 2015 — Using state-of-the-art genetic technology, researchers have discovered the likely cause of a child's rare type of severe muscle weakness. The child was one of six cases in which investigators ... read more

Mar. 18, 2015 — A doctor who was one of the discoverers of the gene responsible for myotonic muscular dystrophy has now identified a therapeutic that could slow progression of muscle damage and muscle dysfunction ... read more

Cardiac and Respiratory Function Supported by Abdominal Muscles in Muscular Dystrophy

Feb. 27, 2015 — The muscular dystrophies are known to target various muscle groups differentially. In addition to making limb muscles weak, muscular dystrophy (MD) can also lead to decreased function of specific ... read more

Feb. 18, 2015 — A gene therapy technique that has the potential to treat more than half of the patients suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by targeting a large region of the gene that contains many different ... read more

New Figures on Two Muscular Dystrophy Disorders

Feb. 16, 2015 — Public health researchers report the freqency of two muscle-weakness disorders that strike mostly boys: Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Becker muscular dystrophy. The team found that about 1 in 5,000 ... read more

Towards a New Weapon Against Muscular Dystrophy

Feb. 4, 2015 — The therapeutic potential of a new class of synthetic oligonucleotides in the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) using RNA "surgery" has been demonstrated by researchers. Tested ... read more

Scientists Develop Active Substance for Fatal Muscle Wasting in Male Children

Feb. 2, 2015 — Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a congenital disease which causes muscle degeneration and eventual death in teenagers. Recently, researchers have developed an active substance, which they together ... read more

Scientists Identify New Disease Treatment Path

Jan. 26, 2015 — A previously unknown phenomenon -- that diseased muscle cells literally eat themselves to death -- has been discovered by researchers. The researchers say this previously unrecognised mechanism could ... read more

Hope for Muscular Dystrophy Patients: Harnessing Gene Helps Repair Muscle Damage

Jan. 15, 2015 — Researchers have successfully improved the ability of muscle to repair itself -- by artificially increasing levels of the BMI1 gene in the muscle-specific stem cells of mice with muscular ... read more

Jan. 12, 2015 — Researchers have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for ... read more

Dec. 30, 2014 — Early use of available heart failure drugs slows the progressive decline in heart function before symptoms are apparent in boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), according to a ... read more

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