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.

New drug trials in Becker and Duchenne muscular dystrophies are open, and a new strategy to improve Pompe disease treatment is proposed

posted on June 28, 2012 - 2:11pm
PTC begins non-US study of ataluren in DMD/BMD

The fourth annual BMD conference will be held in Chicago and live-streamed online; registration deadline is Aug. 1

posted on June 25, 2012 - 6:00am
Update (Sept. 7, 2012): Videos of all presentations from the BMD Conference have been archived on MDA's BMD Conference video page. For a brief synopsis of each video, see BMD Conference Videos Cover Health Care, Research and Daily Living.

A study of 22 couples considering preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) has revealed a four-phase decision-making process

posted on May 11, 2012 - 3:59pm
Decision making about preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a complex, multiphase process for couples, a new study has found. Understanding it, the investigators say, may be helpful to prospective parents who know they're at risk for transmitting a genetic disorder, and to the professionals who advise them.

Findings on the immune response to dystrophin in Duchenne and Becker MD, treatment of cardiomyopathy in DMD, and eteplirsen in DMD were presented

posted on April 26, 2012 - 4:41pm
Update (June 1, 2012) ­—  The brief Drugs help DMD-related cardiomyopathy has been updated to include a May 2012 podcast provided by Nationwide Children's Hospital's "This Month in Muscular Dystrophy."

'Best practices' for treating various neuromuscular diseases are described in this third and final report on MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference

posted on April 19, 2012 - 6:00am
Several experts presented their views of "best practices" for care of people with neuromuscular disorders at MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference, held in Las Vegas March 4-7. Many questions remain about optimal care in these disorders, but it's clear that attention to heart and respiratory function are of paramount importance. This article looks at:

In this second report on MDA's Clinical Conference, updates on experimental therapies in development for six neuromuscular diseases are described

posted on April 6, 2012 - 6:00am
The progress of several experimental therapies currently in development for neuromuscular diseases was discussed at MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference, held in Las Vegas March 4-7.

In this first of several reports on MDA's Clinical Conference, the role of genetics and immunology in different neuromuscular diseases is described

posted on March 19, 2012 - 3:08pm
More than 500 physicians, allied health care professionals and MDA staff attended the MDA's 2012 Clinical Conference in Las Vegas, March 4-7. The program emphasized: