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posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:21am
Quest Spring 2015
Like all people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Joan Sucher, 65, a mother of three adult children in Ballwin, Mo., was devastated when she received her diagnosis. “My life collapsed,” Sucher shares in an email interview with Quest. “We were inconsolable. I had been healthy and active all my life. I ran regularly and finished nine half marathons after age 48. And I had no family...
posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:19am
Quest Spring 2015
When I was 2, I was diagnosed with central core disease (a disease that causes problems with the tone and contraction of skeletal muscles). Doctors told my parents, who were trying to wade through the unknown waters of this thing called “neuromuscular disease,” that I would never be able to walk on my own without a walker or crutches. But years of physical therapy, leg braces, a walker and a pair...
posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:17am
Quest Spring 2015
ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease, is among the most feared diseases facing people in the U.S. and worldwide. In ALS, the motor neurons — the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord that control muscle action — mysteriously deteriorate, often within just a few years, leaving behind orphaned muscle fibers. Without signals from motor neurons, voluntary...
posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:12am
Quest Spring 2015
There sure is a lot of happiness going around — videos going viral with giggling babies, happy dogs and even happy elephants. For the past year we've watched montages of people joyfully taking to the streets dancing to the infamous Pharrell Williams’ hit song, “Happy.”
posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:07am
Quest Spring 2015
Last month, MDA brought together more than 400 of the nation’s leading scientists, researchers and professionals specializing in neuromuscular disease research and care at its 2015 Scientific Conference in Washington, D.C., March 11–14. This pre-eminent gathering, hosted every other year, was designed to accelerate discoveries and drug development for families fighting neuromuscular diseases.
posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:03am
Quest Spring 2015
Research Leadership MDA welcomes two new muscle disease and ALS experts As part of MDA’s bold plan to accelerate treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, two new scientific program officers have joined the MDA family: Amanda Haidet-Phillips, Ph.D., and Laura Hagerty, Ph.D. Under the leadership of MDA Senior Vice President and Scientific Program Director Grace Pavlath, Ph.D., they will...
posted on April 21, 2015 - 9:01am
Quest Spring 2015
On the Job
posted on January 5, 2015 - 9:23am
Quest Winter 2015
Considering the title of this column, From Where I Sit, I’m surprised more people have not written about butts. After all, for those of us wheeling around at a seated height — I live with type 2 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) — other people’s butts are often what we see from where we sit. 
posted on January 5, 2015 - 9:21am
Quest Winter 2015
Even a quick search online will turn up all manner of white papers, analyses and studies that identify a higher risk of anxiety and depression among individuals living with chronic disease and physical disabilities — such as those associated with many types of neuromuscular disease.  
posted on January 5, 2015 - 9:19am
Quest Winter 2015
It is not breaking news to people with neuromuscular disease that combating pain can be a substantial part of daily life. Unfortunately, chronic pain is a complex symptom to manage, and it may be far more pervasive in neuromuscular diseases than originally thought.  “When I started out, about 25 years ago now, there was nothing,” says Gregory Carter, a doctor who specializes in physical...