Oh, Hello 2017 — I’m Ready for You

When I was asked to continue in my role as National Ambassador for MDA in 2017, I had to think about it for about a nanosecond before I gave my answer. Yes, of course! So it’s official: I’ve re-upped for another tour. 2016 will be a hard act to follow, but now that I’m a registered frequent flyer and have a year of ambassadorship under my belt, I can’t wait to try to top it. In fact, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of experiences I’m looking forward to in 2017. Join me, won’t you?

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Spinraza a Breakthrough for SMA


On Dec. 23, 2016 the FDA approved Spinraza for the treatment of SMA. In clinical trials to test Spinraza, participants who received treatment with the drug experienced life-changing outcomes they wouldn’t have been expected to achieve.

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A Year of Progress and Promise

MDA began 2016 with an ambitious blueprint, full of changes and improvements — all designed to help us fulfill our mission promise to free individuals and families from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases. Now, we reflect on our accomplishments and give thanks to our supporters.

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CMS Study Seeks Participants

Researchers are looking for people with congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) to participate in a phase 3 study being conducted by Catalyst Pharmaceuticals to test the experimental drug amifampridine phosphate.

Amifampridine phosphate is a potassium channel inhibitor designed to cause greater stimulation of muscle by prolonging nerve signals and is expected to help treat muscle weakness in people with CMS. The drug has shown promising results in treating patients with a related disorder called LEMS.

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Encouraging Clinical Study Data Reported for ALS Drug Edaravone

Osaka-based Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma has reported encouraging 12-month efficacy and safety data for edaravone (brand name Radicava) for the treatment of ALS. Edaravone is delivered by intravenous injection. It’s thought to work by relieving the effects of oxidative stress, which, in people with ALS, has been suspected to play a role in the death of . . .

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MDA Holiday Gift Guide

Few things are better than the perfect gift — except, perhaps, the gift that gives love to the recipient and to a whole community as well. This season, surprise your family with gifts that give to MDA families — and MDA research — too. Good Reads Stack your family bookshelf with must-reads that help explain . . .

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