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Muscular Atrophy?


What is the difference between Spinal Muscular Atrophy & Progressive Muscular Atrophy? I'm doing some research on PMA, but I'm finding a lot on SMA & very little on PMA. Are they the same condition? Is SMA a variation of PMA?
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Is it possible for a newborn to be diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy?


Is it possible for a newborn to be diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy if there was never any family history of SMA? The parents do not even carry recessive genes of SMA.
I've researched SMA and I've read that it can only be inherited.
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Usually nobody in the family even knows that they carry the gene. The way the check is through a blood test and what they are checking for is if the child is missing the Survival Motor Neuron. My precious baby boy had Spinal Muscular Atrophy and I can tell you we had no family histroy of it either. If somebody you know has it or you think might have it I promise I'll keep them in our prayers. God Bless   (+ info)

How to best handle muscular atrophy of a geriatric AK amputee's stump when not wearing the artificial leg?


The combination of the prosthetic sock and the socket when wearing the artificial leg provides support to the stump. But, especially in a geriatric amputee who wears the artificial leg for short periods, what is the best way to keep the stump in good shape and not have the muscle fall off the bone over time?
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There are some shrinker sock products out there that help keep everything tight and together.

you may also look into a thick liner to help keep the shape. I wear the Ossur Iceross seal in liners and it keeps all the tissue pretty secure.

There are also lots of exercises that can help keep the tissue where it belongs.  (+ info)

Are there ways to reverse muscular atrophy when you have muscular dystrophy?


Other than just exercise, I mean.
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are you attuned to reiki? i know a couple of people who have used it to overcome some serious stuff. none of them have muscular dystrophy, but i don't think the chi knows the difference.  (+ info)

Is there any actual evidence to suggest that cardiovascular conditioning actually does cause muscular atrophy?


more specifically atrophy of SKELETAL muscle!
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In an unfit person, someone with a large gut, will abdominal muscles undergo muscular atrophy?


When I say unfit. I mean a normal individual who does not excersize and has a gut. Im not referring to people who are bedridden or have other disabilities.
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They wouldn't undergo muscular atrophy, as their muscles are being used to hoist all that extra fat around.  (+ info)

If one omit's exercise from their life for upwards of six months, is one prone to muscular atrophy?


If somebody were to not exercise often (less than twice a week, not even with strenuous workout activity) for about six months and basically sit around for that amount of time, would they suffer from muscles not working correctly, and if so, are they reparable?
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First, thank you for a nicely worded, properly punctuated and properly composed question.

However, I'm not sure I know the answer to your question. I don't exercise much, being that I've been indoors all winter with a now six month old daughter, but at the same time, I don't really sit all day, either. I'm not sure of her weight, but I'm frequently lifting her, holding her, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if she were around 15 pounds. Yet, my muscles do seem to work correctly. I still walk wonderfully, I can still use my arms well which is great considering how much I hold my daughter, etc. They're just a little rusty from unuse which I feel from when I do frequently walk. I'm sure my body will tell me that when I can finally get out and start walking again.

I suppose though, it is possible for one's muscles to totally tighten up and be unusable.  (+ info)

What general strategies create muscular definition without atrophy?


I have a strong, mesomorphic build, little spending money, and favor lower GI foods.
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lift weights or try yoga  (+ info)

Why is Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy nicknamed Kennedy's disease?


I am having to do a Biology research project on Kennedy's disease, Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy. I was wondering why SBMA was given the nickname Kennedy's disease. Any information relating to this mystery would be so helpful! thanks!
Nevermind. I found the answer I was looking for. But if you know any interesting facts about this disease please share!
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Dr. William Kennedy is now retired, but still interested in spinal bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA). Last winter, he wrote the Kennedy's Disease Association and commented, "
"I am amazed at the wonderful support that the KDA gives to the men and families affected by KD. The progress made by current research on animal models of KD and by therapeutic trials gives reason to hope that the disease that I described 40 years ago will finally be conquered."

Many people are still misdiagnosed today (most often as ALS). This link talks a little about that:
http://kennedysdisease.blogspot.com/2009/11/misdiagnosis-it-is-still-problem.html

The genetics side of KD is interesting. In this link I try to explain it further: http://kennedysdisease.blogspot.com/2010/01/genetic-counseling-helps-to-answer-many.html

IGF-1 is a pretty exciting potential treatment for KD. If the next round of testing goes well, we could have a clinical trial by the end of the year. These two links explains it further: http://kennedysdisease.blogspot.com/2010/01/delaying-motor-neurone-disease.html
http://kennedysdisease.blogspot.com/2009/12/research-news.html

This is an interesting story about the need for educating care givers: http://kennedysdisease.blogspot.com/2009/09/education-and-awareness.html

There is quite a bit of information on the KDA web site.
I hope this helps.  (+ info)

What is the average life span for people with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2?


in the 20's  (+ info)

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