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2014-04-16 13:59:35

Sarcopenia — the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength — may put up to 50 percent of seniors at greater risk for disability, yet there is no consensus within the medical community for how this condition should be measured. However, a new collection of articles appearing in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (volume 69, number 5) lays out an empirically derived set of criteria for diagnosing sarcopenia. These recommendations are a...

2013-12-18 13:34:23

A new gene mutation which will help doctors give a more accurate diagnosis of a particular type of brain and muscle disease in children has been discovered for the first time by University of Leeds experts. Mitochondrial myopathy, as it is known, causes muscle weakness, movement problems and learning difficulties and affects more than 70,000 people in the UK. For the first time, mutations in a particular gene, MICU1, have been linked to myopathy. The discovery gives a better...

2013-12-16 12:02:30

Japanese study shows exercise in middle age is a protective factor against sarcopenia and effective in maintaining muscle strength and physical performance A cross-sectional study by investigators from Tokyo University has found that exercising in middle age is a protective factor against sarcopenia and effective in maintaining muscle strength and physical performance. Sarcopenia is a disease associated with the ageing process, resulting in loss of skeletal muscle mass and muscle strength...

2013-08-02 12:37:49

The substance protects the body's supply of a cell signal for muscle regeneration A trace substance in caramelized sugar, when purified and given in appropriate doses, improves muscle regeneration in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The findings are published today, Aug. 1, in the journal Skeletal Muscle. Morayma Reyes, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and Hannele Ruohola-Baker, professor of biochemistry and associate director of the Institute for Stem Cell...

Reducing Voice Loss In The Elderly With Vocal Training
2013-06-25 05:32:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have successfully used vocal training to reduce some of the voice problems experienced by older rats and their work could ultimately lead to new treatment options for aging humans experiencing similar issues. University of Illinois speech and hearing science professor Aaron Johnson and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin explain that the aging process can cause the muscles of the larynx (the organ which...

2013-05-30 23:02:45

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded Valerion Therapeutics $1,195,762 to continue development of an experimental cell-penetrating treatment that may represent a unique approach to treating myotubular myopathy (MTM). Tucson, Ariz. (PRWEB) May 30, 2013 The Muscular Dystrophy Association has awarded Valerion Therapeutics $1,195,762 to continue development of an experimental cell-penetrating treatment that may represent a unique approach to treating myotubular myopathy (MTM). The...

2013-02-07 16:26:03

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) has awarded two $100,000 grants to postdoctoral Fellows working in universities to encourage basic research in the management, treatment and cure of myotonic dystrophy (DM). Each of the 2013-2014 recipients will receive $50,000 a year for two years. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130207/DC56674LOGO) This award cycle brings MDF's total research funding to over $1.5M and builds on...