Research progress in one disease can lead to progress in other diseases — and MDA’s latest round of grants seek to leverage this potential
In its summer 2013 round of research grant awards, the Muscular Dystrophy Association aims to catalyze research progress in a dozen neuromuscular diseases, with an eye toward applying that knowledge to related muscle diseases, as well.
“A large number of our grants are investigating new therapeutic technologies,” notes Jane Larkindale, MDA's vice president of research. “These are 'platform'...
The rapid pace of research, unprecedented number of treatments in clinical trials and opportunities to share ideas across diseases made for an exciting 2013 MDA Scientific Conference
Turning neuromuscular disease research into treatments as quickly and effectively as possible was the overarching theme of dozens of formal presentations, nearly 200 scientific posters, and countless informal conversations at the MDA Scientific Conference, April 21-24.
A palpable sense of excitement pervaded the sold-out event thanks to the unprecedented number of experimental treatments in...
The American Academy of Neurology has released guidelines for the use of intravenous immunoglobulin, which modulates the immune system in MG, LEMS and myositis
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has released new guidelines on the use of a treatment called intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) in various neuromuscular disorders.
The pace of research can seem unreasonably slow; here are a few reasons why
John Porter from the National Institutes of Health likes to start talks by noting, “It’s a great time to be a mouse with a neuromuscular disease.” Exciting research results are regularly reported, where a treatment appears to cure one neuromuscular disease or another in a mouse — yet there are few treatments available today for people with any of these diseases, and only a few treatments in human...
Painting and teaching motivate MDA’s 2011 Personal Achievement Award recipient for Tennessee, who has dermatomyositis
Jason Peck’s memory of his childhood has some missing images: running, jumping, swinging, and sliding into home.
Although Peck, who received a dermatomyositis diagnosis at age 4, missed out on playing ball in the backyard with his buddies, he discovered early on that he had a talent his speedy friends didn’t — the ability to draw rather well. And he’s never looked back.
The biggest problem at an ER may not be the one you go in with, but the one you encounter there
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.
Researchers at the University of Michigan are studying why some people identify themselves as disabled and others do not
Researchers at the Psychology of Disability Lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor are exploring the social identity of people with disabilities through a short, anonymous, Web-based questionnaire.
The lab's Disability Identity Project is being headed by principal investigator Adena Rottenstein, a doctoral candidate in psychology.
The study closes the week of Aug. 22, 2011.