Alcohol and Neuromuscular Disease

It’s no secret that alcohol consumption can have an impact on one’s health. Some studies have shown benefits for the heart and circulatory system from moderate drinking. On the other hand, alcohol is known to depress the central nervous system and can destroy brain cells. Excessive drinking over a prolonged period of time can cause . . .

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How Parents Can Help Kids Prepare for Adult Life

For 18 years, Linda VanVliet spent most of her non-working time taking care of her daughter, Shelby, who was diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy at 3 years old. (That diagnosis was later changed to titin myopathy.) Linda’s work as a school nurse also allowed her to step in quickly when Shelby needed care.  “For a . . .

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What You Need to Know About Finding and Visiting an MDA Care Center

Located at more than 150 of the top healthcare institutions across the United States, MDA Care Centers serve as the nexus for expert clinical care and medical research. Our Care Center Network offers tens of thousands of appointments each year for individuals living with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and other neuromuscular diseases. These appointments provide individuals . . .

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Tips for Setting Up an Accessible Home Office

When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March 2020, Matthew Lawson’s employer — like many others around the country — temporarily closed its doors and had team members go remote to prevent spread of the virus. Matthew, an IT manager for Abilities in Motion in Reading, Pennsylvania, soon realized that working from home would not be . . .

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Research Study Alert: Observational Study of Clinical and Electrophysiological Outcomes in Adults with CMT

Researchers at Ohio State University are seeking adults living with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1 (CMT-1) and type 2 (CMT-2) to participate in a one-month observational study (CMT Establish). This study is designed to assess whether individuals with CMT-1 and CMT-2 exhibit altered communication between nerves and muscles, known as neuromuscular junction (NMJ) transmission, compared to healthy . . .

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Spotting Neuromuscular Disease in Adults

After years of denial, it was the stairs to his second-floor college apartment that forced Chris Anselmo to finally face his limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) in 2009. “I remember moving in, trying to carry things like my desk chair to the top of the stairs, and just feeling completely weak and exhausted by the time I reached . . .

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Inclusion in STEM: A Discussion with General Motors

According to the National Science Foundation, individuals living with a disability, such as neuromuscular disease, are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Yet STEM-based careers are growing exponentially, and diversity is needed to drive innovation in these fields. As part of MDA’s mission to transform the lives of individuals living with neuromuscular . . .

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What You Need to Know About Open Enrollment in 2020

Open enrollment — the period each year when people are eligible to purchase new insurance or make changes to their existing insurance plans — is upon us. Buying health insurance can be confusing, but it’s critically important that everyone in the neuromuscular community have coverage. We are pleased to share some FAQs below to help . . .

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