This first of a series of three stories covering the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference discusses implications of new types of genetic testing
“Knowing, if not all, is almost all,” said Matthew Harms, a neurologist and neurophysiologist from Washington University in St. Louis, in his presentation on genetic testing for neuromuscular disorders at the 2014 MDA Clinical Conference, held in Chicago March 16-19.
Investigators conducting an online survey to gather information from people with inclusion-body myositis report early results and ask a few more questions
Investigators conducting an online survey launched in January 2013 to gather anonymous information from people with inclusion-body myositis (IBM) are now reporting preliminary results and are asking the original respondents to complete a short supplementary survey.
Recent research reveals that LGMD is a forest with many trees
A Closer Look: LGMD Research Slideshow
Say “limb-girdle muscular dystrophy” to most people, and you’ll get a questioning look. They may wonder what kind of girdle is being talked about and how limbs fit into the picture.
The name actually comes from an anatomical term describing the supporting structures of the shoulders and hips, including bones and muscles. Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy...
Here's a look at the 26 subtypes of LGMD that have been recognized dating back to the 1990s
Neurologist Katherine Mathews discusses cardiac, respiratory and other concerns for people with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy
Neurologist Katherine Mathews
Katherine Mathews, M.D., is a neurologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, where she co-directs the MDA clinic. She serves on MDA's Medical Advisory Committee. Below she discusses limb-girdle muscular dystrophy with MDA Medical and Science Editor Margaret Wahl.
A nurse and genetic counselor, Trout discusses the diagnostic process and how she helps families with education and support
Nurse Christina Trout
Christina Trout is an advanced practice nurse specializing in pediatric neuromuscular disorders and genetic nursing. She's been providing genetic counseling, as well as general education and care coordination, to families with neuromuscular disorders at the University of Iowa since 1993.
In kindergarten, Mo Gerhardt played tee ball and soccer, and while his hand-eye coordination was excellent, his strength wasn’t.
Matthew (“Mo”) Gerhardt of Bath, Mich., will be 36 years old this fall.