This report on treatment development for Duchenne muscular dystrophy contains news about fighting fibrosis (scarring), treating DMD-related heart disease, exon skipping and the corticosteroid deflazacort

posted on February 2, 2015 - 12:04pm
Development of treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) continues to advance. Many of the new investigational drugs are potentially applicable to all DMD patients, while a few target those with specific mutations in the dystrophin gene. Fighting fibrosis

A 29-year-old man with Duchenne MD has received a device to assist his heart's pumping ability

posted on October 16, 2012 - 4:17pm
A left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which helps the heart pump blood throughout the body, was implanted in the chest of a young man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in September. The patient is 29-year-old Jason Williams, of Peebles, Ohio.

'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:

Adults with MMD1 and minor cardiac conduction defects benefit from invasive testing and possible pacemaker insertion

posted on April 3, 2012 - 6:00am
New evidence suggests that relatively aggressive management of seemingly minor cardiac conduction defects in adults with type 1 myotonic dystrophy (MMD1, or DM1) can prolong survival.

A compound that seals cell membranes stopped progression of heart degeneration in dogs with a DMD-like disease

posted on March 22, 2010 - 2:19pm
A synthetic compound that seals cellular membranes has been found to stop the progression of heart-muscle destruction in dogs with a disease closely resembling human Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), MDA-supported researchers have found.

Frequently asked questions about cardiac problems in neuromuscular disease

posted on April 1, 1999 - 5:00pm
Cardiac problems are common in several neuromuscular disorders. They can be quite serious, particularly in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD and BMD). In this, the first of a two-part series, we'll explore cardiomyopathy, the type of heart problem that's found most often in DMD and BMD and also occurs in some other neuromuscular conditions. (Read Part 2 of this series.)