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2011-02-04 12:48:21

It's a gene called DOT1L, and if you don't have enough of the DOT1L enzyme, you could be at risk for some types of heart disease. These findings by UNC researchers appear in the Feb. 1, 2011 issue of the journal Genes and Development. Everyone knows chocolate is critical to a happy Valentine's Day. Now scientists are one step closer to knowing what makes a heart happy the rest of the year. It's a gene called DOT1L, and if you don't have enough of the DOT1L enzyme, you could be at risk for...

2011-02-01 12:00:00

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. and HACKENSACK, N.J., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. (PTC) and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) today announced an expansion of their collaboration to discover new treatments for patients with Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy (DBMD). PPMD has awarded PTC a $250,000 grant, with the potential of additional funding, to advance drug discovery efforts in identifying a new treatment that improves heart function in patients with DBMD. (Logo:...

2010-12-27 20:41:24

A novel potential therapy based on a natural human protein significantly slows muscle damage and improves function in mice who have the same genetic mutation as boys with the most common form of muscular dystrophy, according to a paper published online Dec. 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a fatal genetic mutation in about one of every 3,500 boys. They are unable to produce a protein called dystrophin that keeps muscles strong. By eight...

2010-12-10 13:40:03

For years, scientists have tried to understand why children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy experience severe muscle wasting and eventual death. After all, laboratory mice with the same mutation that causes the disease in humans display only a slight weakness. Now research by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and a new animal model of the disease they developed, points a finger squarely at the inability of human muscle stem cells to keep up with the ongoing damage...

2010-12-01 07:00:00

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Data published in the December issue of the medical journal Muscle and Nerve confirm the utility of six-minute walk distance (6MWD) as a clinically meaningful endpoint in dystrophinopathy, a disease continuum comprising Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (DBMD). The data showed that boys with DBMD experience a significant decline in walking ability compared to healthy boys over one year, suggesting that slowing the loss of walking...

2010-11-10 11:00:00

HACKENSACK, N.J., Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 that Founding President and CEO Patricia Furlong was named one of WebMD's 2010 Health Heroes. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100119/DC39975LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100119/DC39975LOGO) Ms. Furlong is one of six...

2010-11-10 08:00:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD), the leading source of health information, today announced its 2010 WebMD Health Heroes award winners. Now in its fifth year, WebMD's annual Health Heroes program presents awards to extraordinary Americans who raise awareness and promote solutions for better health and wellness. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101110/NY98106 ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101110/NY98106 ) "When...

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2010-10-19 09:25:00

Viagra, the famous little blue pill that millions of men use for erectile dysfunction, and originally developed to help ailing hearts, may now also help treat heart symptoms of muscular dystrophy, according to researchers Monday. Mice that were genetically engineered to have a condition similar to Duchenne muscular dystrophy were tested and scientists found the drug could improve how the heart works, according to their research. Joseph Beavoa of the University of Washington and colleagues...

2010-10-15 07:00:00

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- PTC Therapeutics, Inc. today announced that final analyses of Phase 2b efficacy data suggest the investigational new drug ataluren slowed the loss of walking ability in patients with nonsense mutation dystrophinopathy, a disease continuum comprising Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy (nmDBMD). These data were presented at the International Congress of the World Muscle Society in Kumamoto, Japan and will be the basis of interactions...

2010-10-08 01:58:14

Natural immunity to dystrophin may contribute to muscle disease and complicate experimental therapies An immune reaction to dystrophin, the muscle protein that is defective in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, may pose a new challenge to strengthening muscles of patients with this disease, suggests a new study appearing in the October 7, 2010, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a hereditary and lethal neuromuscular disease characterized...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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