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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...

2010-10-05 11:00:00

After 5 Years at White Rock Lake, Local Outreach Effort and Fundraiser Moves to a Larger Stage DALLAS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Killian, Chairman 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), and his wife Stefanie Killian, announced today that the 6th Annual Sam's Day will take place on October 30, 2010 from 11am to 5pm at NorthPark Center in Dallas....

2010-09-28 11:51:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Scottsdale-based software and interactive media firm, Jawa, is pleased to announce its participation in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Lock Up, a unique fundraising event in which local community leaders are 'arrested' and put in MDA jail for having a big heart. Two Jawa staff members were nominated to go behind bars for the September 22 Lock Up event and posted maximum bail, courtesy of Jawa. The bail money will help send Phoenix-area...

2010-09-24 01:00:00

AMSTERDAM, September 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics (AMT) Holding N.V. (Euronext: AMT), a leader in the field of human gene therapy, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated AMT-080, a gene therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) as an orphan drug. In October 2009, the Committee for Orphan Medical Products of the European Medicines Agency granted AMT-080 orphan designation for the same indication in the...


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