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2008-10-20 09:00:09

Acceleron Pharma, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics that modulate the growth of tissues including bone and muscle, today announced the initiation of a Phase 1 clinical study of ACE-031, its lead compound for treating diseases involving the loss of muscle mass and function. The Phase 1 trial is a randomized, placebo-controlled single-dose, dose-escalating study to evaluate the safety and pharmacokinetics of ACE-031. This clinical trial is the first-in-human study...

2008-10-02 06:00:34

More than 100 Ephrata-area business people are expected to be "arrested and serve time" in a mock jail at Bright's Restaurant on Oct. 8 to raise money for people with neuromuscular disease in Lancaster County. Participants in the Ephrata Lock-Up, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will have to "raise bail" by calling friends and business associates and asking for contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Central Pennsylvania. Last year, this event raised nearly $13,500. MDA funds...

2008-07-19 00:00:37

By Roxanne Cooke, Puyallup Herald, Wash. Jul. 18--So far this year, East Pierce Professional Firefighters Local 3520 have raised a little less than $14,000 in a "Fill the Boot" campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The goal is $16,000, said firefighter paramedic Hunter Chumbley II. There are three more dates to collect the funds. That money will go toward approximately 30 Sumner, Lake Tapps and Bonney Lake families that are affected by neuromuscular diseases. Last...

2008-06-26 00:02:44

NEW DELHI: On Saturday, for the first time ever, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) performed robotic thoracoscopic thymectomy on patients with myasthenia gravis, a rare autoimmune disorder. AIIMS has been performing video assisted thoracoscopic (VAT) thymectomy, or removal of thymus gland, for the past eight years involving more than 200 cases so far. But this is the first time that doctors used a robot for the purpose, making the procedure more precise. "Robotic surgery...

2005-11-02 02:24:14

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children with neurological or neuromuscular diseases are at increased risk for developing respiratory failure if they're hospitalized with influenza, new research shows. This finding supports recent recommendations that such children should be given an annual flu shot. The results, which are reported in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association, are based on a study of 745 children who were hospitalized for influenza at The Children's...

2005-09-02 15:47:34

A UCSF study has found that a specific signaling link between neurons and muscles in the fruit fly is essential for keeping the insect's nervous system stable. The findings are relevant for ongoing research in identifying causes and developing treatments for neuromuscular neurodegenerative diseases in humans, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, says study co-author Graeme Davis, PhD, associate professor and vice chair of the Department of...

2005-08-31 18:45:31

DALLAS "“ Aug. 31, 2005 "“ By studying the molecules that regulate the formation of muscle, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered a gene that may play a role in a rare muscular disease in humans. While the researchers studied mice, they are now looking for patients who have mutations in this newly discovered muscle gene, Srpk3. Mice that lack the gene have a condition much like the human disease, centronuclear myopathy. "It's easy to imagine that human...


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