Researchers Announce Results from a Phase 3 Study of Corticosteroid Dosing to Treat DMD

On April 5, an international research team, headed by Michela Guglieri at Newcastle University and Robert Griggs at the University of Rochester Medical Center, announced positive results at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN meeting) in Seattle, WA from the phase 3 FOR DMD study of corticosteroid dosing regimens for treatment of people with Duchenne . . .

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Research Study Alert: Survey for People with Muscular Dystrophy and Their Caregivers about Quality of Life

Researchers at Goldsmiths University of London are seeking people living with muscular dystrophy (MD) and their primary caregivers to participate in a survey about their quality of life. The aim of the survey is to better understand how quality of life of an individual and their primary caregiver is affected by progressing MD. In this study, . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 2 Study of ALXN2050 in Adults Living with gMG

Researchers at Alexion Pharmaceuticals are seeking adults living with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) to participate in a phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety, effectiveness, and pharmacological properties of the investigational drug ALXN2050. ALXN2050 is designed to target a component of the immune system (known as complement), which underlies many autoimmune disorders including gMG. People . . .

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Clinical Trial Alert: Phase 2 Study of Ravulizumab (Ultomiris) in Adults Living with Dermatomyositis

Researchers at Alexion Pharmaceuticals are seeking adults living with dermatomyositis to participate in a phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety, effectiveness, and pharmacological properties of the investigational drug ravulizumab (Ultomiris). Ravulizumab is designed to target a component of the immune system (known as complement), which underlies many autoimmune disorders including dermatomyositis. Treatment with ravulizumab . . .

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MDA Welcomes National Volunteer Month with Gratitude

For over 70 years, MDA has led the way as the #1 Voluntary Health Organization in the U.S. for people living with neuromuscular diseases. We build on our legacy of innovation in research, care, and fundraising by celebrating National Volunteer Month, to thank our volunteers who work tirelessly to support MDA’s mission and the families . . .

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Quest for Success: Tana Zwart

As the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) continues our commitment to empowering people living with neuromuscular disease, we are excited to present our 2022 blog series: “Quest for Success”. Success looks different to everyone and this monthly blog details the different paths that individuals with neuromuscular disease have taken to reach their potential and the steps . . .

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Simply Stated: What is Myotonic Dystrophy?

Myotonic dystrophy (DM) is a type of muscular dystrophy that affects about 1 in 8,000 people worldwide. The disease is known by several names, including Steinert disease, after the doctor that first described it, and “DM” in reference to its Greek name, dystrophia myotonica. Similar to other forms of muscular dystrophy, DM is characterized by . . .

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Living Through War in Ukraine with a Neuromuscular Disease

When Yuliya Matyushenko was 12 years old, the Paris-based rare disease organization Eurordis featured her on a poster promoting Rare Disease Day 2015. In late February, the young woman with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) was hiding in a bare concrete basement in Kharkiv as Ukraine’s second-largest city, located only 35 kilometers from the Russian border, . . .

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How to Set Goals for Personal Growth and Wellness

When he was 15 years old, Elijah Stacy had a dream: to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the disease that affects him and thousands of other people. So, he decided to start a nonprofit called Destroy Duchenne to support advancing gene-editing and gene-therapy technologies to find a cure for DMD.  To achieve his ambitious goal, . . .

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MDA Shamrock’s 40th Birthday T-shirt: The Mind Behind the Design

To commemorate the 40th Birthday of MDA Shamrocks with a special edition T-shirt, the MDA enlisted the talent and expertise of freelance graphic designer, Dustin Clark. Dustin, a 28-year-old designer and illustrator living with Becker muscular dystrophy, is passionate about the incredible impact that MDA Shamrocks has had on the neuromuscular community. He was excited to . . .

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