Muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases take away physical strength, independence and life. Find out who gets these diseases, what causes them, what the symptoms and life expectancy are for people affected by them, and how MDA research is leading the way to treatments and cures.
At MDA, we take a big picture perspective across the full spectrum of neuromuscular diseases to uncover scientific and medical breakthroughs that accelerate treatments and cures. The power in our research approach is that we can often apply learnings from one disease to progress in others to bring urgently-needed answers to our families.
A $3 Million NIH Grant follows early MDA support for experimental “dissociative steroid.”
With our collective strength, we will support families in hometowns across America and help everyone with ALS live longer, stronger lives.
“Wild and crazy” Zane Jacobs is determined to live life unlimited despite the challenges of DMD.
Medical centers across the country are now participating in open-label expanded access program (EAP) called ACCESS DMD
Chris Lorson is studying a combinatorial approach to treating spinal muscular atrophy.
Identifying the body's key signs and measurements spurs lifesaving progress in research, clinical trials and therapy development.
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Biomarkers can provide crucial information for researchers conducting clinical trials.
James Ervasti, professor in the department of biochemistry, molecular biology & biophysics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, is working to develop methods of identifying non-invasive biomarkers.
The FDA has approved Taro Pharmaceuticals’ Keveyis 50 mg tablets for primary hyperkalemic and hypokalemic periodic paralysis.
For 42-year-old Warner Smith, treatments and cures for ALS can't come fast enough. Like any doting father, Warner wants to be around for all his young daughter Carlee’s milestone moments. He wants to teach her to drive, see her go to prom and walk her down the aisle at her wedding. Every moment is precious to Warner and his family — all he wants is “a fighting chance.”Watch Video
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