Health Care

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 October 1, 2011 - 9:10am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 4
Featured in this article: MDA website to honor caregivers * Get your flu shot * DECA and MDA celebrate their 30th anniversary

Participants share stories, learn about new research and get practical advice at third annual Becker MD conference

posted on August 18, 2011 - 3:50pm
Community and empowerment were the themes of the third annual Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) conference held at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on August 13, 2011. Some 150 in-person attendees, and at least that many online attenders, engaged physicians, researchers, physical therapists and other BMD experts on a variety of topics, including the latest advances in research, medical...

Participants will be randomly assigned to a strength or stretching exercise program, and undergo multiple evaluations

posted on August 9, 2011 - 12:00am
Update June 19, 2013: This study is nearing completion. However, enrollment is still open and additional participants are needed.

Yearlong, MDA-supported study comparing two prednisone dosing schedules in Duchenne MD found similar benefits and side effects

posted on July 20, 2011 - 9:52am
A one-year, MDA-supported study comparing a weekend-only prednisone treatment schedule with a daily prednisone schedule in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has found that the two treatment regimens provide about the same benefits and have approximately the same side-effect profile.

The biggest problem at an ER may not be the one you go in with, but the one you encounter there

posted on July 1, 2011 - 4:18pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 3
When a medical emergency strikes — and the patient is a person with a neuromuscular disease — it’s not just getting to the emergency room quickly that’s critical. It’s also critical to ensure the ER staff understands the patient’s special needs caused by muscle disease.

Government program lowers insurance premiums and relaxes eligibility standards for Americans with pre-existing health conditions

posted on June 3, 2011 - 3:26pm
In hopes of attracting more enrollees, the U.S. government is lowering premiums and easing eligibility requirements for its Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP).

Can love, courage and modern medical technology prevent muscular dystrophy from being passed on to the next generation?

posted on March 31, 2011 - 12:01pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
It was the worst Monday morning of our lives — and Mondays are universally bad. My wife, Monique, and I woke up to a snow lockdown in London. The snow had started gently enough in the evening, but now on this January morning it was a white strait jacket. We could hardly move, but we desperately needed to get to Nottingham at all costs. Our potential future children — two fertilized...