muscular dystrophy

Reflecting on muscular dystrophy awareness week

This past week was muscular dystrophy awareness week, which seems like a short amount of time to focus on such a heartbreaking disease. One in every 3500 boys in the US develops that debilitating and fatal Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) - the most common and serious form of muscular dystrophy - and there is no cure.

Mighty mice point to stem cell therapy for muscle diseases and aging

The L.A. Times gave it's rodent of the week designation to a mighty mouse produced by University of Colorado, Boulder researchers.

The group transplanted muscle stem cells from healthy mice into mice with damaged muscles. Not only did the muscle stem cells spring to action, repairing the damaged muscle, but they maintained the mouse in its newly bulked up state for its entire two-year lifespan.

Muscle stem cells a step closer to treating muscular dystrophy

Stanford scientists have overcome one significant hurdle in developing a therapy for muscle-wasting diseases like muscular dystrophy. Until now, the muscle stem cells that stand at the ready to repair muscle damage couldn't be grown outside the safe confines of a muscle. Once uprooted from their home and transferred to a laboratory dish, they matured into less useful progenitor cells. That's a problem because once mature the cells no longer have the potential to be transplanted to repair muscle damaged by injury or disease.

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