Kennedy's Disease / X-Linked SBMA

Stanford University is collecting samples of blood, muscle and other tissues from people with neuromuscular disorders for use in research

posted on January 7, 2015 - 12:06pm
Ever wondered how someone with a neuromuscular disorder in his or her family might contribute to research efforts in this field?

Treatment with IGF1 improved motor function, slowed weight loss, improved muscle health and increased survival time in mice with a disease resembling spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy

posted on September 10, 2012 - 5:00am
Mice with a disease resembling spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA, or Kennedy disease) that were treated with a compound based on insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) had better motor function, slower weight loss, healthier muscles and longer survival time than mice that received an inactive substance, an MDA-supported research team has reported.

The pace of research can seem unreasonably slow; here are a few reasons why

posted on January 1, 2012 - 3:11pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 1
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...

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.

Research items about Friedreich's ataxia, myasthenia gravis, mitochondrial myopathies, type 1 myotonic dystrophy, gene therapy and gene modification

posted on July 7, 2011 - 10:28am
Edison drugs target FA, mitochondrial diseases

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.

Researchers at the University of Michigan are studying why some people identify themselves as disabled and others do not

posted on June 1, 2011 - 4:30pm
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.

News about research in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, congenital myasthenic syndromes, Duchenne/Becker MDs, Friedreich's ataxia, Pompe disease and spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy

posted on February 10, 2011 - 11:09am
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease