Diagnosis and Genetics

A look at symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and current MDA-supported research into this complex autoimmune disorder

posted on June 15, 2015 - 1:01pm
In recognition of June being National Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, MDA is examining the disease from several perspectives. This article offers an overview of signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for myasthenia gravis (MG), as well as information on drugs that people with MG should avoid.

Studying the mechanisms controlling gene activity

posted on December 31, 2009 - 1:15am
QUEST Vol. 17, No. 1
Slip the word “genetics” into a casual conversation and you likely won’t get too many questioning looks. Most people basically understand that “genetics” refers to DNA and genes, the blueprint of life, the code that determines whether someone has blue eyes or green. Many are familiar, too, with the idea that “genetics” can cause a variety of health conditions: diabetes, breast cancer, muscular...

After a year of planning, new recommendations for physicians caring for DMD patients have been released

posted on December 3, 2009 - 4:23pm
A comprehensive set of clinical care recommendations for the diagnosis and management of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is now available to medical professionals and families. The complete recommendations,  in printable PDF format, can be read here:

Carol Forde's story

posted on October 1, 2009 - 3:15pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
“We think my grandmother was French Canadian, but she didn’t really talk about her history a lot,” says Carol Forde. “I don’t think the doctor knew what she died of. He said it was pneumonia, but she might have aspirated [inhaled food or liquids into the lungs]. It was a different time. We just accepted it.” 

M.D. with MD Receives MDA Personal Achievement Award

posted on October 1, 2009 - 11:55am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
John Quinlan, of Lakeside Park, Ky., has two criteria for doing most things, says his wife, Laura Sams. “He asks, one, ‘Will it accomplish something?’ And two, ‘Will I have fun doing it?’ He does not allow himself to give less than full effort to anything.” Determination and drive have led Quinlan, director of the MDA Clinic at the University of Cincinnati (UC), to a great many accomplishments,...
posted on October 1, 2009 - 1:04am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Fast Facts OPMD is a form of muscular dystrophy in which symptoms usually first appear between the 30s and 60s, and primarily involve the muscles of the upper eyelids and the swallowing muscles. As these muscles weaken, patients have difficulty keeping their eyes open and find that food and liquids are increasingly hard to swallow. As OPMD progresses, it can weaken the muscles of the limbs,...

Chester Kahapea, once the jubilant face of Hawaii’s statehood, now adjusts to life with ALS

posted on September 7, 2009 - 9:00pm

A new assisted-reproduction strategy may prevent transmission of mitochondrial disease

posted on August 28, 2009 - 10:18am
Scentists at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland have developed an assisted-reproduction technique that has the potential to allow mothers with mitochondrial myopathies and other mitochondrial diseases to virtually eliminate the risk of passing on the disease to their children.