Starting a new school year is hard on every parent and child, but it’s particularly difficult when you have a child with special needs. As a parent you want to make sure that those needs are met all day every day, even if you are not with them. Even after you explain what your . . .
September is National Preparedness Month. Emergencies can happen in an instant and without warning. From weather-related events and other natural disasters to emergencies such as chemical spills and power outages, the unexpected can put you and your family in danger — unless you plan ahead. Please join us for an important discussion about how families living . . .
Steven Markus, assistant professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., was awarded an MDA research grant totaling $300,000 over a period of three years to study alterations in the dynein gene and their effects in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). His work to elucidate the molecular basis for dynein . . .
Investigators are seeking people to participate in a phase 2 clinical trial, sponsored by Idera Pharmaceuticals, to evaluate the effect of the experimental drug IMO-8400 on skin lesions and muscle weakness in dermatomyositis. While the cause of dermatomyositis is unclear in most cases, it is known that ongoing inflammation triggered by the disease, over time, . . .
In an auditorium in Bearden, Arkansas, Doug Haynes was sitting in his wheelchair by the stage, dressed in his graduation robes. The high school senior had waited for this moment for four years. His physical therapist stood in front of him, pushing away the chair’s footrests and grasping the gait belt around Doug’s waist. Sensing . . .
The Lybrand family motto is “finish strong,” which, for them, means never giving up and always turning can’ts into cans. It’s no wonder, then, that the youngest Lybrand, 6-year-old Ethan, is a living embodiment of the Live Unlimited spirit. Just three days before his second birthday, Ethan was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Although the deadly disease will gradually . . .
The Informed Consent Authorization Form is 12 pages long. My husband, Allen Carney, reads it carefully, initials in several places and signs at the end. And that’s the easiest part of participating in a research project. Welcome to the world of giving your time and body to research for Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. My husband Allen, . . .
MDA recognizes the importance of early diagnosis for neuromuscular disorders to optimize opportunities for effective treatment. This includes supporting initiatives to understand the impact of newborn screening in neuromuscular disorders. In early March, MDA sponsored an international conference in St. Louis, MO, “Newborn Screening for Neuromuscular Diseases: Improving Patient Outcomes and Evaluating Public Health Impact,” that . . .