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.
posted on May 1, 2007 - 2:01pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
Of all the side effects that corticosteroids can cause, excessive weight gain probably concerns patients and families the most. In MD, it can also have a serious adverse effect on motor function. Nancy Hunter, a registered dietician and nutrition support counselor at Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services in Tucson, Ariz., works with MDA clinic director Tim Miller and routinely sees...

Knowing if you're on the right course with corticosteroids

posted on May 1, 2007 - 1:59pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
"Since being on prednisone, I’ve been up and down with my weight and up and down with the milligram dosage,” says Carlie Brinker. “I’m 19, and I’ve been on prednisone for 11 years.”
posted on July 1, 2004 - 3:00pm
When Greg Yudkowsky, 15, hit 185 pounds, his mother, Michelle, knew it was time to do something. Although the 5-foot-6-inch teen, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, still was walking with assistance and full leg braces, the extra weight made moving more difficult, and the family struggled to lift him. His physical therapist said that losing even 10 pounds would help.
posted on September 1, 2003 - 4:55pm
General information U.S. Internet pharmacy sites are a mixed bag. On the plus side, prices overall are lower than at standard pharmacies — from 10 percent to 50 percent depending on the drug. In addition, the sites offer privacy and convenience versus driving, parking and waiting in line. Many chain drugstores, like Costco, Kmart or CVS, have online pharmacies that sometimes offer even lower...
posted on September 1, 2003 - 3:45pm
General information Discount cards, with names like Together Rx, Pfizer for Living Share Card or GE Wellness Plan, are proliferating like rabbits. The cards help the average uninsured drug buyer get small-to-moderate discounts at local drugstores or via mail order.
posted on September 1, 2003 - 3:06pm
Is there a pill to ease the pain of high drug costs?
posted on September 1, 2003 - 12:34pm
General information Although they may contribute to good health, vitamins and other supplements aren't regulated as drugs but as food products — meaning quality can vary widely, and you can buy them without prescriptions.