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.
MDA-supported researchers have conducted a study of the perceived effects of congenital and childhood-onset type 1 myotonic dystrophy on those with the disorder
Communication difficulties, social role limitations, problems with mobility and walking, and cognitive impairment were the most frequently mentioned themes in open-ended interviews conducted with people affected by congenital-onset or childhood-onset type 1 myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD1, or DM1) or their parents.
Many MDA grants for research in myasthenia gravis aim to prevent the immune system from attacking needed muscle proteins while allowing it to fight infection
It can start with nothing more than a drooping eyelid or a slight slurring of speech, either of which can come and go and improve with rest. But it can progress, often gradually over weeks or months, to affect all the voluntary muscles, including those controlling breathing. Weakness may be minimal early in the morning after a good night's sleep and worsen throughout the day, especially after...
A challenging and multifaceted disease
As far back as Carla Licon can remember, her mother had difficulty opening jars and walking long distances. Licon’s mother wore ankle braces, and she also had an unusual symptom known as "myotonia," the inability to relax muscles, such as a clenched hand, at will.
Licon, who is 31 and lives in Victoria, Texas, thinks these symptoms started when her mother was in her 20s. Later, her mother’s...
The complex effects of MMD on the brain's sleep-wake cycles and on the respiratory and airway muscles can cause sleepiness that's challenging to diagnose and treat
Thirty-two-year-old Doug Hayes has struggled with some of the cognitive and social features of type 1 myotonic dystrophy (MMD1 or DM1) most of his life. But there’s something else that’s contributed to his difficulties with jobs and schooling: daytime sleepiness. Doug recently had a job scanning documents, his father says, but his daytime sleepiness interfered.
From childhood science classes, you may remember the periodic table listing all the known chemical elements. You might also recall, in approximately the center of the table, the symbol “Fe” signifying the metal iron.
Produced inside large stars in distant space, iron is the most common element on Earth. From earliest times, humans have used it in everything from paint pigments, cookware and tools...
Forty-one-year-old Sandy Doak remembers that she was never athletic, couldn’t do sit-ups, and always had trouble finishing physical tasks. But, she says, “I never really thought I had anything wrong. I just thought I was awkward. I knew I was weaker than others. That had pretty much lasted most of my life.”
Sometimes she found herself the object of ridicule, which, while friendly, wasn’t...