A variant in the gene for the osteopontin protein has the potential to help predict disease course in Duchenne MD

posted on January 11, 2011 - 2:58pm
A team of scientists working in the United States and Italy has uncovered a variant in the gene for a protein called osteopontin that appears to reliably indicate disease severity in most (but likely not all) cases of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The variant is apparently a genetic modifier of DMD, a disease in which the underlying cause is a mutation in the gene for the dystrophin protein...

A new documentary recounts Rob Roozeboom’s struggles with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy and his founding of Rise Ministries

posted on March 16, 2010 - 10:32am
In the documentary “Waiting to Rise,” Rob Roozeboom’s small son asks him, “Dad, why do you walk like that?” “Because I have muscular dystrophy, son,” he answers. The boy is unconvinced. “Penguins walk like that,” he observes, “but they don’t have muscular dystrophy.” At this stage of his life, Roozeboom, 33, can laugh uproariously at that assessment. But as a boy himself, and later as a teen, his...
posted on October 1, 2009 - 10:50am
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 4
Tom Bergeron At the end of the 21½-hour marathon show at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, there were several very tired co-hosts and one very tired star, but all were wreathed in smiles.
posted on July 1, 2009 - 4:35pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
Gerald C. Weinberg
posted on November 1, 2008 - 9:59am
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 6
Comic legend and MDA National Chairman Jerry Lewis once again led the MDA Labor Day Telethon to a new record, raising $65,031,393 to beat last year’s total by $1.2 million. The Telethon star expressed humility and gratitude — but not surprise — at the American public’s generosity, especially in the face of economic uncertainty and the threat of Hurricane Gustav on the Gulf...