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Creating a Network: How Hiring PCAs Gave Me Confidence and Independence, In College and Beyond

Josh Cueter, 22, from Troy, Michigan, is a 2020 graduate from Michigan State University.  At school he was a board member of the MSU Adaptive Sports & Recreation Club as well as MSU’s Council of Students with Disabilities.  After a semester internship with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, DC, Josh is currently working . . .

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Biogen Announces Positive Results from Phase 1/2 Study of Tofersen to Treat a Genetic Form of ALS

On July 8, Biogen announced positive results from its phase 1/2 clinical trial of the investigational therapy tofersen (BIIB067) for treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) caused by mutation of the superoxide dismutase 1 gene (SOD1). The primary endpoints of the study — assessment of safety, tolerability, and drug dynamics in the body — demonstrated . . .

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How MDA is Supporting LGMD Research and Care in 2020

On July 18, MDA is hosting a free virtual Engage Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Symposium, a half-day educational event featuring key experts who will speak on topics including the latest in genetics and research in limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). MDA has a longstanding commitment to finding treatments for the more than 30 subtypes of LGMD; since . . .

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What the COVID-19 Pandemic Can Teach Us About the Isolation Those Living With Neuromuscular Disease Experience Every Day

In March 2020, MDA asked our advocates how the novel coronavirus pandemic was impacting their lives. New Yorker Robert Paulson shared his story — and the universal truth about how neuromuscular disease (NMD), like COVID-19, creates isolation. But for those living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other forms of NMD, that isolation doesn’t always . . .

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Why Attending MDA’s Upcoming Virtual Pompe Disease PFDD Meeting is Vital

Ryan Colburn is a rare disease patient with a professional background in engineering and operations management, spending portions of his career working on racecars, airplanes, and rockets. Diagnosed with Pompe disease in 2015, he has spent the time since learning about rare disease topics including research, advocacy, and drug development to better understand how to . . .

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Sarepta Therapeutics Announces Positive Results from the SRP-9001 Gene Therapy Trial to Treat DMD

On June 15, Sarepta Therapeutics announced positive results from its phase 1/2a study of SRP-9001 gene therapy to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Data from four patients indicated that a single intravenous infusion of SRP-9001 was safe and well tolerated, with no serious adverse events. Additionally, all participants demonstrated improvements across multiple efficacy-related endpoints, including . . .

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Momenta Pharmaceuticals Announces Positive Results from Phase 2 Vivacity-MG Study of Nipocalimab for Treatment of Generalized Myasthenia Gravis

On June 15, Momenta Pharmaceuticals announced positive results from its phase 2 Vivacity-MG trial assessing treatment with the company’s investigational therapeutic nipocalimab (M281) in patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). Preliminary data indicated that treatment with nipocalimab, using four different dosing protocols over an eight-week period, resulted in improvements in patients’ Myasthenia Gravis Activities of . . .

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Hacking COVID: MDA Staff Edition

In April, MDA fielded a survey to ask its community how COVID-19 was impacting their lives. We heard your responses — anxiety, questions, hope — and wanted to know more. In this six-part blog series, Hacking COVID, people from MDA’s community, all living with neuromuscular diseases, shared how they’ve altered their day-to-day lives, how they’ve . . .

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