creatine kinase

Results from a 20-person pilot trial suggest that clenbuterol may improve motor and respiratory function in people with spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy, but safety concerns were raised

posted on May 29, 2013 - 4:27pm
A 20-person, open-label pilot trial conducted in Italy and designed to test the safety, tolerability and efficacy of clenbuterol in people with spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA, or Kennedy disease) found that the drug was well-tolerated, although some possible safety issues were identified. Trial investigators note that the study findings suggest a possible “positive effect on SBMA disease...

Researchers have developed a new, two-step process for screening newborn babies for Duchenne MD and possibly other muscular dystrophies

posted on March 2, 2012 - 9:37am
Update 5/21/12: A podcast on this topic is now available; see Podcast Explores Newborn Screening for DMD.
posted on February 1, 2000 - 1:53pm
Almost everyone with a neuromuscular disorder has had, or will have, a creatine kinase test. But what exactly is creatine kinase (CK), and why are its levels measured in neuromuscular diseases? CK, also known as phosphocreatine kinase, or CPK, is a type of protein called an enzyme. It catalyzes, or "encourages," a biochemical reaction to occur. The normal function of CK in our cells is to add a...