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Cardiac and respiratory function supported by abdominal muscles in muscular dystrophy

The muscular dystrophies are known to target various muscle groups differentially.

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Scientists grow leg muscle from cells in a dish

A team of researchers from Italy, Israel and the United Kingdom has succeeded in generating mature, functional skeletal muscles in mice using a new approach for tissue engineering.

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Trial could lead to new treatment for most common form of muscular dystrophy

Patients with the most common form of muscular dystrophy, Duchenne, often lose the ability to walk by the time they reach age 12 and typically only live to reach their 20s.

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New ALS gene and signaling pathways identified

Findings point to potential therapeutic targetsUsing advanced DNA sequencing methods, researchers have identified a new gene that is associated with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis…

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Bacterial defense mechanism targets duchenne muscular dystrophy

Gene therapy approach could treat 60 percent of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients.

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Finding points to possible mechanism underpinning Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have for the first time discovered a killing mechanism that could underpin a range of the most intractable…

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Duchenne, Becker muscular dystrophy ‘affects 1 in 5,000 boys in the US’

Around 1 in 5,000 boys in the US aged 5-9 years have either Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy, according to new estimates from a CDC-funded study.

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Transcriptomics identifies genes & signaling pathways that may regulate Neurodegeneration

Massive elimination of neurons is a critical aspect of normal nervous system development but also represents a defining feature of neurodegenerative pathologies, such as Alzheimer’s disease…

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Video game technology helps measure upper extremity movement

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology.

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TSRI scientists find more DNA and extra copies of disease gene in Alzheimer’s brain cells

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found diverse genomic changes in single neurons from the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, pointing to an unexpected factor that may underpin…

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