MDA resource specialist Mandy Behling used to think that living unlimited meant swimming with the sharks and climbing Mt. Everest. However, she has come to find that living unlimited means more than just traveling the world and seeking out grandiose adventures.
“Now I think that living unlimited means pushing myself just a little harder than I thought possible the day before,” she says.
If there was one piece of advice MDA Resource Specialist Ashleigh Peska could offer individuals with muscular dystrophy and other muscle-debilitating diseases, it would simply be, “don’t quit!” Ashleigh, who lives with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD), is a shining example of this mantra. A college graduate and former MDA Iowa State Goodwill Ambassador, Ashleigh has . . .
On Sept. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to eteplirsen, which will now be marketed under the brand name Exondys 51 for the treatment of some forms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). We’ve received a lot of questions about the newly approved drug, and wanted to share a few answers to . . .
In a joint statement today, Biogen and Ionis Pharmaceuticals announced that Biogen has completed the rolling submission of a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the approval of nusinersen, an investigational treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Submission of the NDA is the first step toward getting approval . . .
This September as we recognize Newborn Screening Awareness month, we are proud to announce a new partnership with Cure SMA aimed at moving newborn screening forward for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)—the leading genetic cause of death in infants. This is an exciting time for the neuromuscular disease community as decades of research are translating into . . .
The investigational drug amifampridine phosphate (brand name Firdapse), under development by Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Orphan Drug designation for the treatment of myasthenia gravis (MG). Amifampridine phosphate is a potassium channel inhibitor designed to prolong signals released from nerves and allow greater stimulation of muscles. The drug currently is . . .
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seek children with neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) and/or their caregivers (parent or legal guardian) to complete questionnaires. Researchers would like to develop a tool to better assess the quality of life of people with NMDs, such as muscular dystrophy. The goal of this study is to validate two different . . .
Today we couldn’t be happier as, together with the Duchenne community, we celebrate FDA accelerated approval of eteplirsen to treat kids and adults with some forms of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). “This is something that we’ve watched, and hoped and prayed for, and seen it develop over the last seven years or so,” said Josh . . .
MDA is pleased to announce that we have launched a new MDA National Resource Center that is now available to provide families one-on-one support from trained specialists. You can contact our MDA specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org and 1-833-ASK-MDA1 (1-833-275-6321) for resources and support. Specialists are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST and are . . .
Over the last six decades, MDA has committed $1 billion to research designed to move the world closer to treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. As a result, MDA’s fingerprints are on nearly every major neuromuscular disease research breakthrough, and the progress we continue to see in the field is . . .