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2014-06-19 09:39:33

University of Michigan Health System Persistence pays off with new mouse model of primary dystonia Twist and hold your neck to the left. Now down, and over to the right, until it hurts. Now imagine your neck – or arms or legs – randomly doing that on their own, without you controlling it. That's a taste of what children and adults with a neurological condition called dystonia live with every day – uncontrollable twisting and stiffening of neck and limb muscles. The mystery...

2012-09-27 14:09:45

Fewer than 100 people in the world are known to be affected by a movement disorder called rapid-onset dystonia-parkinsonism (RDP), but its symptoms are life-changing. Seemingly normal young people are suddenly and dramatically unable to control movement of their arms or legs and have trouble speaking or swallowing. A normal life is nearly impossible. RDP is caused by a genetic mutation (ATP1A3) that often runs in families. Now Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers believe that...

2012-03-05 23:08:04

Researchers have identified a gene that causes adult-onset primary cervical dystonia, an often-painful condition in which patients' necks twist involuntarily. The discovery by a team from the Jacksonville, Fla., campus of Mayo Clinic and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center sheds light on a movement disorder that physicians previously could seldom explain. In 1990, a man with a crooked neck came to see Ryan Uitti, M.D., a neurologist then at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn....

2011-07-20 11:41:00

Study Published in Major Journal CHICAGO, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) grant recipient Flavia Nery, Ph.D. and longtime dystonia investigator Xandra Breakefield, Ph.D. of Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital, and their collaborators have discovered a significant clue toward understanding why a mutation in the DYT1 gene might lead to dystonia, a debilitating neurological disease. It was in Dr. Breakefield's lab at Harvard where the...

2011-06-08 12:30:00

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Merz Pharmaceuticals today announced that new data on Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA), a botulinum toxin type A free from accessory (complexing) proteins, will be presented at the Movement Disorder Society's (MDS) 15th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Toronto, Canada. The studies found that repeated injections of XEOMIN were safe and effective in the treatment of blepharospasm and...

2011-04-13 13:47:30

Scientists tried creating a laboratory model of idiopathic torsion dystonia, a neurological condition marked by uncontrolled movements, particularly twisting and abnormal postures. But the genetic defect that causes dystonia in humans didn't seem to work in the laboratory models that showed no symptoms whatsoever. Now, a team of scientists at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have figured out why and the finding could lead to ways to test novel treatments. Aziz M. Ulug, PhD, and...


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mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.