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.

Individuals and families struggle to manage the periodic paralyses, a group of diseases that’s too often misunderstood by teachers, employers and even health professionals.

posted on July 1, 2009 - 3:09pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
People who know me know I lead an extremely active life,” says Linda Feld of Longwood, Fla. “People don’t see me as somebody on a scooter. I’m Linda, and I do all these things every day, and they know me for me. I tell people that periodic paralysis has become my friend. It’s along for the ride, but it’s not going to rule my life.”

A report on disease management and research as of July 2009

posted on July 1, 2009 - 2:54pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
This “In Focus” report is part of a series of MDA comprehensive reports about the latest in neuromuscular disease research and management. This report focuses on the periodic paralyses, a group of disorders that result from malfunctions in so-called ion channels, microscopic tunnels that make possible high-speed movement of electrically charged particles across barriers inside cells and between...
posted on January 1, 2009 - 11:40am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 1
Letters to Quest: Filmmaker seeks people with MC ** No help for single parents ** Choose to know genetic diagnosis ** PLS Awareness Month.

Genetic testing in the 21st century

posted on November 1, 2008 - 5:42pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
From the Human Genome Project to TV medical and crime shows, to an evergrowing list of genetic tests purported to diagnose diseases, trace your ancestry or predict your future, DNA seems to be the subject of the day. Even those who choose not to undergo testing find it hard to ignore. Whether or not to get tested is a personal decision. But since the DNA testing genie isn’t going back in the...
posted on November 1, 2008 - 3:26pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
Letters to Quest: Thanks to Quest & MDA ** MMD and the brain ** Study raises concerns for two with SBMA, ALS ** Thanks for summer camp support ** Go gaming!
posted on September 1, 2008 - 10:17am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 5
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that was recently signed into law is an extremely significant piece of legislation for families affected by muscular dystrophy and other genetic conditions. To see why, here’s part of an e-mail exchange I had with a mother with a family history of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Dear MDA,

Duchenne muscular dystrophy carriers carry on, despite uncertainty

posted on November 1, 2007 - 4:20pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 6
When Rena Szymanski turned 40, she expected to slow down a bit. She never had been athletic, and it sometimes seemed to her that climbing stairs was harder for her than it was for other people, but she thought her strength was “normal” in general. Soon after her birthday, though, she noticed increasing weakness. “I didn’t know what was wrong with me,” says Szymanski, who until recently was...