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July 5, 2015

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July 5, 2015

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

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

Stem Cells Faulty in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Researchers Find

Dec. 17, 2014 — Like human patients, mice with a form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy undergo progressive muscle degeneration and accumulate connective tissue as they age. Now, researchers have found that the fault ... read more

Nov. 26, 2014 — iPS cells can be used to correct genetic mutations that cause Duchenne muscular dystrophy, research shows. The research demonstrates how engineered nucleases, such as TALEN and CRISPR, can be used to ... read more

Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy May Heal Heart Damage Caused by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Nov. 18, 2014 — Injections of cardiac stem cells might help reverse heart damage caused by Duchenne muscular dystrophy, potentially resulting in a longer life expectancy for patients with the chronic muscle-wasting ... read more

Are My Muscular Dystrophy Drugs Working? Measuring Muscle Health With Low-Resolution Ultrasound Images

Nov. 1, 2014 — People with muscular dystrophy could one day assess the effectiveness of their medication with the help of a smartphone-linked device, a new study in mice suggests. The study used a new method to ... read more

Guideline Offers Direction in Genetic Testing for Certain Types of Muscular Dystrophy

Oct. 13, 2014 — A new guideline recommends guidance on how doctors should evaluate the full picture—from symptoms, family history and ethnicity to a physical exam and certain lab test results—in order to ... read more

Oct. 13, 2014 — Like a marching band falling out of step, muscle cells fail to perform in unison in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Researchers reveal how this breakdown leads to the proliferation of ... read more

Researchers Discover How Circular RNA Is Created, Find Link to Degenerative Disease

Sep. 18, 2014 — Our genetic information is stored in DNA, tiny strands of nucleic acid that contain instructions for the functioning of our bodies. To express this genetic data, our DNA is copied into RNA molecules, ... read more

Sep. 18, 2014 — A new microscopy technique yields resolution an order of magnitude better than previously possible. Through this new technique, the researchers showed that dystrophin was responsible for regulating ... read more

Delay in Age of Walking Can Herald Muscular Dystrophy in Boys With Cognitive Delays

Sep. 15, 2014 — The timing of a toddler's first steps is an important developmental milestone, but a slight delay in walking is typically not a cause of concern by itself. Now a duo of researchers has found ... read more

Sep. 14, 2014 — A potential way to treat muscular dystrophy directly targets muscle repair instead of the underlying genetic defect that usually leads to the disease, researchers say. Muscular dystrophies are a ... read more

Sep. 11, 2014 — Findings of a new study offer the possibility of developing new ways of tackling an incurable condition known as muscle-wasting disease. To date, only six genes have been linked to the illness. ... read more

Sep. 7, 2014 — Cyclic bursts of a STAT3 inhibitor can replenish muscle stem cells and promote their differentiation into muscle fibers, scientists report. The findings are an important step toward developing and ... read more

Researchers Find Animal Model for Understudied Type of Muscular Dystrophy

Aug. 28, 2014 — An animal research model has been developed for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) to be used for muscle regeneration research as well as studies of the effectiveness of potential ... read more

New Hope in Fight Against Muscular Dystrophy

Aug. 21, 2014 — Hope for those who suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an incurable, debilitating disease that cuts young lives short, can be gained by new research. Duchenne muscular dystrophy results from a ... read more

Gene Therapy Protects Mice from Lethal Heart Condition, Researchers Find

Aug. 20, 2014 — A new gene therapy has been shown to protect mice from a life-threatening heart condition caused by muscular dystrophy. About one in 3,500 children, mostly boys, are born with Duchenne muscular ... read more

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