Becker Muscular Dystrophy - BMD

Four of six men with Becker muscular dystrophy increased their six-minute walking distance after injections of follistatin genes into the thigh muscles of both legs

posted on November 19, 2014 - 1:05pm
Results from a trial involving injection of genes for the follistatin protein into the thigh muscles of both legs in six men with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) show the experimental treatment appears safe and and was associated with improvement in walking ability (distance walked in six minutes) in four of the six trial participants.

Research updates and clinical trials information

posted on October 30, 2014 - 9:01am
Quest Fall 2014
What About My Disease? Readers sometimes wonder what’s happening with research for their diseases when they don’t see news about them for a while in the pages of Quest. But keep in mind: Research that seems to be for one disorder often has spillover implications for others.

In a May 22, 2014, letter, Prosensa provides updates on drisapersen and other Duchenne MD compounds in its pipeline, and on its natural history study

posted on May 28, 2014 - 8:12am
Dutch biopharmaceutical company Prosensa, developer of the experimental Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) drug drisapersen, says it is moving the compound forward through regulatory agencies in the U.S. and Europe and will resume administering it to a first group of trial participants in the third quarter of 2014.

A phase 1b trial of a drug designed to increase utrophin protein levels in Duchenne MD-affected muscles, appears safe and may have muscle-protective effects

posted on May 27, 2014 - 9:50am
 

The European Medicines Agency expressed a 'positive opinion' on conditional approval for ataluren (Translarna) to treat Duchenne MD; a decision is expected within three months

posted on May 23, 2014 - 3:24pm
The experimental Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) drug ataluren (which has been given the brand name Translarna) has received encouragement from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for conditional approval in European Union countries.

A pilot trial has found that one dose of tadalafil or sildenafil increased blood flow to Duchenne MD-affected muscles; a large tadalafil trial recently opened

posted on May 8, 2014 - 10:37am
A study conducted in 10 boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) has found that blood flow to exercising muscles is deficient and that treatment with either tadalafil (Cialis) or sildenafil (Viagra) normalizes this blood flow, at least in the short term (after one dose of either drug). Tadalafil and sildenafil, both PDE5 inhibitors, are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Researchers at the University of Michigan are conducting an anonymous, online survey to probe patients' impressions of the impact of their neuromuscular conditions

posted on May 1, 2014 - 10:22am
Update May 21, 2014: According to investigator Sindhu Ramchandren, 922 people had responded to this survey as of May 19, 2014. The study was closed to new participants at 5 p.m. EDT that day. At the investigator's request, the link to the online survey has been removed. Results will be announced when they become available...

This second of a series of three stories covering the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference discusses pain in neuromuscular disorders

posted on April 4, 2014 - 9:52am
The 2014 MDA Clinical Conference, held in Chicago March 16-19, was attended by some 500 people, mostly physicians and other health care professionals.