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2009-03-16 13:50:47

Finding lays the foundation for human testing Using a novel genetic technology that covers up genetic errors, researchers funded in part by the National Institutes of Health have developed a successful treatment for dogs with the canine version of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a paralyzing, and ultimately fatal, muscle disease. The technology, known as "exon skipping" uses tailor-made snippets of DNA-like molecules as molecular "patches." These patches cover up mutant DNA sequences that code...

2009-02-27 13:31:32

Muscular dystrophy, which affects approximately 250,000 people in the United States, occurs when damaged muscle tissue is replaced with fibrous, bony or fatty tissue and loses function. While scientists have identified one protein, dystrophin, as an important piece to curing the disease, another part of the mystery has eluded scientists for the past 14 years. Now, one University of Missouri scientist and his team have identified the location of the genetic material responsible for a molecular...

2009-02-27 00:40:20

A University of Missouri team of scientists identified the location of the genetic material vital to curing muscular dystrophy. Dongsheng Duan said Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which predominantly affects males, is the most common type of muscular dystrophy. Patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy have a gene mutation that disrupts the production of dystrophin. Absence of dystrophin starts a chain reaction that eventually leads to muscle cell degeneration and death. A previous study by Duan...

2009-02-17 14:00:00

Legendary Broadcaster and Humanitarian Helps Launch Event Honoring Local Boy CHICAGO, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John C. Hiatt, President and Founder of the Liam Hiatt Foundation along with his wife, Paula, announced the first annual "Liam Hiatt Art of Living Gala" on February 28, 2009, to be hosted by legendary broadcaster and humanitarian, Bill Kurtis. This Gala represents the first fundraising event for the newly created foundation, named after the Hiatt's eight year old grandson...

2009-02-09 17:44:19

A new class of experimental drugs for heart failure may also help treat a fatal muscular disorder, U.S. researchers discovered. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York said the medication might be effective even though heart failure and the muscle-wasting Duchenne disease couldn't appear more dissimilar. Duchenne affects boys, usually before age 6, destroying muscle cells and making them progressively weaker. Many victims die in their 20s. People with heart failure are...

2009-02-09 07:58:57

Drugs similar to 1 in trials for heart disease may slow muscle loss in most common form of muscular dystrophy Based on a striking similarity between heart disease and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have discovered that a new class of experimental drugs for heart failure may also help treat the fatal muscular disorder. At first glance, heart failure and the muscle-wasting Duchenne disease couldn't appear more dissimilar. Duchenne affects boys...

2009-02-03 07:00:00

- Ataluren designated as generic name for PTC124 - SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (PTC) today announced that it has successfully completed patient enrollment of its pivotal clinical trial of PTC124 in patients with nonsense mutation Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (nmDMD/BMD). Accrual was completed two months ahead of schedule. The company also announced today that PTC124 has been issued the generic name, ataluren. (Logo:...

2009-01-23 13:47:00

Online Resource Links Patients With Researchers, Clinicians MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patricia A. Furlong, Founding President and CEO of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), announced the one year anniversary of DuchenneConnect, a central online arena linking the resources and needs of the Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy...

2008-12-23 09:02:00

Brown University to Receive Grant Promoting Translational Research in Rare Muscular Disease MIDDLETOWN, Ohio, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patricia A. Furlong, Founding President and CEO of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), the largest non-profit organization in the United States focused on finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), announced today the first grant recipient of the newly launched End Duchenne Grant Award Program, Brown University. Brown...

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2008-10-30 08:40:00

Feeling tired? Researchers say Viagra could help alleviate your fatigue. A team at the University of Iowa found the drug helped animals with the mislocalized enzyme called neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS). They also revealed a difference between the prolonged fatigue after mild exercise in muscular dystrophy patients and the inherent muscle weakness caused by the disease. The studies found a faulty signaling pathway that leads to exercise-induced fatigue in mouse models of muscular...


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