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Muscular Dystrophy News
February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Feb. 17, 2017 — Nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD) is a processing pathway in cells that, like a broom, cleans up erroneous RNA. Biomedical scientists report that they have come up with a method in the lab that ... read more

Eteplirsen Approved in US for Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Sep. 20, 2016 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has decided to grant accelerated approval for eteplirsen, the first disease-modifying drug to treat the most common childhood form of muscular ... read more

Helper Molecule Reverses Degeneration of Muscle in Mouse Model of Tissue Aging, Wasting

Aug. 9, 2016 — Maintaining proper levels of an essential helper molecule is crucial for optimal muscle function. Some athletes are already taking supplements to increase synthesis of this compound, called NAD, with ... read more

Gene Therapy Developed for Muscle Wasting

July 27, 2016 — A discovery could save millions of people suffering from muscle wasting ... read more

Gene Controls Regeneration of Injured Muscle by Adult Stem Cells

July 21, 2016 — A key gene enables the repair of injured muscle throughout life, according to a study in mice. The study results further suggest that this "overlooked" gene may play an important role in ... read more

Protein Found to Bolster Growth of Damaged Muscle Tissue

July 19, 2016 — Biologists have found that a protein that plays a key role in the lives of stem cells can bolster the growth of damaged muscle tissue, a step that could contribute to treatments for muscle ... read more

June 28, 2016 — Satellite cells are stem cells found in skeletal muscles. While transplantation of such muscle stem cells can be a potent therapy for degenerative muscle diseases such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, ... read more

June 16, 2016 — The cause of heart arrhythmia in myotonic dystrophy was RNA abnormalities in the sodium channel in the heart, clarifying the symptom's mechanism, an international joint research group found. ... read more

Cell Insights Shed Light on How Muscle-Wasting Disease Takes Hold

June 2, 2016 — Insights into how our cells control muscle development could aid understanding of muscular dystrophy and other inherited diseases, say ... read more

June 1, 2016 — Certain stem cells in our bodies have the potential to turn into either fat or muscle. Experiments in mice suggest prospective drugs that manipulate these cells' fate could make it possible to ... read more

New Muscular Dystrophy Drug Target Identified

June 1, 2016 — Muscle cells affected by muscular dystrophy contain high levels of an enzyme that impairs muscle repair, scientists have discovered. This finding provides a new target for potential drug treatments ... read more

Apr. 20, 2016 — An international team of scientists is lifting the veil on the molecular mechanisms causing heart dysfunctions in myotonic dystrophy, a genetic disease affecting one person in ... read more

Apr. 18, 2016 — Removing an immunomodulatory protein called osteopontin improves the symptoms of mice with muscular dystrophy by changing the type of macrophages acting on damaged muscle tissue, according to a new ... read more

Apr. 11, 2016 — Researchers have investigated the biochemical and physiological characteristics of orbicularis oculi, a group of facial muscles that control the eyelids and are selectively spared or involved in ... read more

Mar. 29, 2016 — Scientists have succeeded in decoding a sugar molecule and clarifying a mechanism linked to muscular dystrophy. Their discovery has potential implications for muscular dystrophy ... read more

Feb. 18, 2016 — Neuroscientists have discovered a specific enzyme that plays a critical role in spinal muscular atrophy, and that suppressing this enzyme's activity, could markedly reduce the disease's ... read more

Feb. 18, 2016 — Researchers have identified pecific ways in which fetal muscle stem cells remodel their environment to support their enhanced capacity for regeneration, which could lead to targets for therapies to ... read more

Feb. 12, 2016 — Scientists have developed a new approach that could eventually be used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The stem cell gene therapy could be applicable for 60 percent of people with Duchenne, ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — Researchers have developed the A-Gear: a robotic arm that can support the daily activities of people suffering the muscular disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They recently put the final touches to ... read more

Cancer Drug Shows Promise for Treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Jan. 6, 2016 — A drug commonly used to treat leukemia is showing potential as a treatment that could slow the progression of the muscle-wasting condition, Duchenne muscular ... read more

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