Feb. 13-18, as established by MDA’s colleagues at Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week, when we recognize both the individuals and families impacted by Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and the continuing need for innovative treatments — and, one day, a cure — for this disease. In honor of the week, . . .
Results of an extension study following an MDA-supported clinical trial showed that surgical removal of the thymus in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) offered benefits for as long as five years after surgery. The original clinical trial, which was extended for two years, showed patients who had the thymus removed had reduced muscle weakness and . . .
Joining a growing number of companies developing robotic devices for those living with mobility impairments, Ontario’s Trexo Robotics just launched the newest in its line of robotic walking aids specifically for children, the Trexo Home. Unlike the company’s Trexo Plus, a set of wearable robotic legs that attach to a walker for use in clinical . . .
On Feb. 7, Cambridge, Mass.-based Solid Biosciences announced preliminary results from its phase 1/2 clinical trial, called IGNITE DMD, which is designed to assess the safety and efficacy of its lead drug candidate, SGT-001, in children and adolescents with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene on the X . . .
This week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill, HB 1074, that requires the state to add spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to its newborn screening panel. SMA is the No. 1 genetic cause of death in infants, affecting approximately 1 in 10,000 babies. MDA was proud to advocate for the addition of SMA . . .
Young adults living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: You can help in a new study. Allison Eveler, a senior occupational therapy major at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, is conducting an undergraduate research study to determine the impacts of CMT on the social participation of young adults. Allison, who herself lives with CMT, recognized a need for research . . .
January is a natural goal-setting time. The new year and its fresh calendar to fill out prompt a re-evaluation of how you want to spend your time and your resources. As you’re mapping out your 2019, MDA can fit into your fitness, financial and philanthropic goals — there’s an opportunity for every interest. Volunteer with . . .
On Dec. 23, 2018, the MDA office of Minnesota and the Dakotas received its biggest gift ever — and it came as a surprise from one man who felt connected to MDA’s mission. Steven Williams, a native of Clarkfield, Minn. and a Vietnam War veteran, graduated from college in the mid-1970s with a degree in . . .
On Jan. 4, Italian researchers published positive results in the journal SAGE Open Medicine of a Phase 2b clinical trial (MSK-001) evaluating Firdapse (amifampridine phosphate) for treating MuSK antibody positive myasthenia gravis (MuSK-MG). Their results showed the drug to be safe and effective in treating patients with this rare disease. The study was partially funded . . .
On Jan. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Fast Track designation to Tacoma, Wash.-based Revalesio Corporation’s experimental drug for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), RNS60. Fast Track status helps to shorten the time it takes to develop and approve a drug that’s been designed to treat a serious condition and fill an unmet . . .