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why muscular dystrophies affect some muscles and not others?

There are VAST amount of different types of MD. Each one attacks its own set of muscles. Check out the link from the source.  (+ info)

How long will muscular dystrophy telethon go on?

Doesn't most muscular dystrophy patients have insurance?

I would think if they are poor they would have medicaid.

So, are most of the money made during the telethon go to research?

Not making much progress are they? I think they've been doing the telethon for over 30 years at least.

I think it's a scam.

It will be on for 24 hours.  (+ info)

Where does duchenne muscular dystrophy strike most?

I need information on duchenne muscular dystrophy, where does it strike most? Like, what part of the body does it affect the most? What new information from scientists is there that has to do with duchenne muscular dystrophy? How far are they in the research?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe recessive X-linked form of muscular dystrophy characterized by rapid progression of muscle degeneration, eventually leading to loss of ambulation and death. This affliction affects one in 3500 males, making it the most prevalent of muscular dystrophies. In general, only males are afflicted, though females can be carriers. Females may be afflicted if the father is afflicted and the mother is also a carrier/ affected. The disorder is caused by a mutation in the gene DMD, located in humans on the X chromosome (Xp21). The DMD gene codes for the protein dystrophin, an important structural component within muscle tissue. Dystrophin provides structural stability to the dystroglycan complex (DGC), located on the cell membrane.

Symptoms usually appear in male children before age 5 and may be visible in early infancy. Progressive proximal muscle weakness of the legs and pelvis associated with a loss of muscle mass is observed first. Eventually this weakness spreads to the arms, neck, and other areas. Early signs may include pseudohypertrophy (enlargement of calf and deltoid muscles), low endurance, and difficulties in standing unaided or inability to ascend staircases. As the condition progresses, muscle tissue experiences wasting and is eventually replaced by fat and fibrotic tissue (fibrosis). By age 10, braces may be required to aid in walking but most patients are wheelchair dependent by age 12. Later symptoms may include abnormal bone development that lead to skeletal deformities, including curvature of the spine. Due to progressive deterioration of muscle, loss of movement occurs eventually leading to paralysis. Intellectual impairment may or may not be present but if present, does not progressively worsen as the child ages. The average life expectancy for patients afflicted with DMD varies from late teens to early to mid 20s. There have been reports of a few DMD patients surviving to the age of 40, but this is extremely rare  (+ info)

Is a mucular dystrophy and a muscular disease the same thing?

I need to now if a muscular distrophy is the same thing as a muscular disease? And if they are two different thing I would appreciate if you can help me with some names of muscular diseases?

About mucular dystrophy can be read in http://health-schools.blogspot.com/?q=mucular%20dystrophy  (+ info)

What is the probability of a couple having a child with Muscular dystrophy if the mother is carrier?

the mother is the carrier and the father unaffected. they have a son already with muscular dystrophy. another child is expected.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), the most common form, is one of 9 types of muscular dystrophy. The sons of female carriers each have a 50% chance of having the disease. The daughters of female carriers each have a 50% chance of becoming carriers themselves but will not have the disease if the gene is linked to DMD. But since you haven't stated which type of dystrophy the existing son has, I'm not able to work with complete information and I'm going on the assumption that the child has DMD.  (+ info)

What should i do for my muscular dystrophy presentation?

For school we have to do a presentation on muscular dystrophy. I made a powerpoint but my teacher said I need something else that is more creative.... Any Ideas???

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Does anybody have photos of people with Muscular Dystrophy?

I am doing a powerpoint of Muscular Dystrophy for my College kine course. The purpose of my presentation is to inform people about Muscular Dystrophy. I picked the subject because I have Muscular Dystrophy as well and feel that people must know what it is and the different types.

here you go!

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS293&um=1&ei=mnEAS7a7GJ2UtgOV29SeCg&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=muscular+dystrophy&spell=1&start=0  (+ info)

What is the difference between Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy and Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy?

What is the difference between Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy and Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy?

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how can i explain muscular dystrophy to a child ?

i have a bio assignment to do and its basically a childrens book where i have to explain to the child what muscular dystrophy is. im not sure how to go about explaining it to a child ....help ?

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Does Or Can Agent Orange cause Muscular Dystrophy, Is There Any Research On This?

I suffer with muscular dystrophy which I contracted while serving in Viet Nam from 8-14-68 to 9-3-69. I served in the 3rd Mar Div, Delta 1/4, D Company. I was not born with this disease, carry the gene nor is it dormant or autoimmune. Plus, no one in my family has it either. Doctors at Muscular Dystrophy Association have proven this through a fsh test, and have save that my condition is due to exposure to agent orange. I have been trying to get service connection for my condition ever since 1970. In the CFR of Title 38, subsection 3.307. it has listed Atrophy-Progressive muscular. Now, wouldn't muscular dystrophy fall into this category also?

I thank you in advance for your answer.

There are some things you do not specify in your question.
One were you actually exposed to agent orange and is there proof?
If you have no proof of being exposed I would think that your chances of getting anything out of the government highly unlikely.
Two which Muscular Dystrophy do you have?
There are 30 or so Dystrophies some of those Dystrophies also have sub categories. In many of these Dystrophies they can occur spontaneously. Are not from birth, no family history and some they do not know the gene that causes it. There are genetic tests for some Dystophies but not all.
Third you state your doctors have proven you dont have this from birth, carry the gene, ETC... through an FSH TEST?
An FSH Test does not give any diffinitive diagnosis, other than you dont have that particular Dystrophy. Being Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy. This does not rule out other Dystrophies.
When diagnosing a Dystrophy other than those they have a blood test for( most are not detectable by a blood test) It requires alot of tests including Blood tests to rule out the ones that are detectable, EMG, Nerve conduction, MRI, and Muscle biopsies.
So if you would like to provide more information to clarify these points, an answer would be easier to provide.
I can be emailed through my profile page.
Or if you want more information on Dystrophies I suggest doing a search and visiting the various Dystrophy Sites.
My Best Wishes  (+ info)

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