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Myostatin gene could hold the key to treatment for DMD

Recent studies to establish an effective treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) have discovered that drugs or molecules used to inhibit myostatin - a protein that inhibits muscle growth - might prove to be the anticipated// answer. ....MDA grantee Kathryn Wagner of John Hopkins University showed in a new study, published online, that muscle mass and strength in mice with DMD is increased...

Gene defect linked to dilated cardiomyopathy(DCM)

DCM is a condition which occurs when the heart becomes so enlarged that it is no longer able to pump blood efficiently. The condition affects 35 in every 100,000 people. Researchers in the United States have suggested in a recent study published in the journal Science that a defect in the gene phospholamban may trigger DCM. This gene plays a key role in regulating the flow of calcium through the...

Contact Lenses Found To Slow Progression Of Myopia in Kids

Children who wear rigid gas permeable ( RGP ) contact lenses can minimize the chances their myopia will worsen over time// say researchers according to a recent study . ..More than 100 children ages 8 years to 11 for about three years. About half the group wore RGP lenses, and the other half wore soft contact lenses. Kids who wore the RGPs generally needed about two weeks to adapt to the lenses....

Influence Of Heart Rate On Myocardial Oxygen Tension

The influence of heart rate on cardiac output, oxygen consumption, and myocardial activity has been widely investigated.// However, the influence of heart rate on myocardial oxygen tension (pO2) remains unclear. Since the introduction of flexible pO2 micro catheters to measure partial oxygen tension in a working muscle, it is possible to investigate the influence of heart rate on myocardial oxyge...

Pomegranate Juice Consumption May Improve Myocardial Ischemia

Researchers from California have discovered that daily consumption of pomegranate juice may improve stress-induced myocardial ischemia in patients who have coronary heart disease (CHD). // ..Pomegranate juice is known to contain antioxidants such as soluble polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins. ..The researchers, writing in the September issue of The American Journal of Cardiology, investigate...

Molecular Therapy Holds Promise in the Treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, the Center for Neurologic Study and Isis Pharmaceutical Corporation have created// and tested molecular therapy in animals which they feel will assist in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease. The study has shown that it is possible to ensure the delivery of therapeutic mole...

Toxic Strand Of RNA Causes Myotonic Muscular dystrophy

Studies have indicated that myotonic dystrophy in adults, which is the most common type of myotonic dystrophy could be due to a toxic RNA. // ....Doctors at the University of Virginia Health System have shown for the first time that by getting rid of poisonous RNA (ribonucleic acid) in muscle cells could result in the reversing myotonic dystrophy. ....Statistics show that around 40,000 people in...

Fabio Adds Star Power to Myositis Advocates

On Sept. 21, Fabio and patients with a chronic disease – myositis -- will speak to congressional staff members about this rare muscle disease. Most likely none of the staff// hearing them on this day – designated 'Myositis Awareness Day' in many states -- has any experience with this little-known and poorly understood disease. Internationally-known male model and actor Fabio does, and he will spe...

Stem Cells Could Slacken the Pace of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Disease, Study

United States researchers have explained the recent improvements in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is capable of slowing// the onset of paralysis. It is observed that people with the disease die a slow death when the muscles in charge of breathing actually stop working. Despite all the claims, cure for ALS still seems as distant as the reasons that cause the disease....

Positive Animal Study on MYO-VAD, Promise for Treatment of Heart Failure

Biophan Technologies, Inc., a developer of next-generation medical technology, in conjunction with MYOTECH//, LLC, recently presented results of animal studies that indicate the potential of the MYO-VAD, a cardiac support system to significantly improve the treatment of heart failure. The MYO-VAD restores cardiac output on an arrested or weak heart. The device can be implanted in approximately th...

Wearing No-line Bifocals Slows Myopia Progression in Some Children

Certain children who wear a special kind of no-line bifocal lenses show signs of slower progression of myopia than those who wear more conventional lenses according to a new// study published in the February 2007 issue of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). ....The study found that among children with two myopic parents, myopia progression was slower in children wearing progres...

Inflammatory Myopathy may Indicate Intolerance to Gluten

Researchers investigate the relationship between myopathy and intolerance to gluten.// ....Inflammatory myopathies are immunological diseases that lead to inflammations in muscular tissue. Coeliac disease is occasionally reported in patients with inflammatory myopathies. ....Inflammatory myopathies are inflammatory infiltrates in the muscle. This group of diseases includes polymyositis, dermato...

Juvenile Onset Myopia may Be Due to Parental Refractive Error

Progression of myopia is slower in children who wear a special kind of no-line bifocal lenses than those who wear more conventional lenses// according to a new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS). ....The study found that among children with two myopic parents, myopia progression was slower in children wearing progressive-addition lenses (PALs) when compared to...
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