Since ages science has been evolving and is at a continuous process of progression to eradicate various diseases which the Human race has acquired. Wiping killer diseases like small pox to reducing tuberculosis and also many more such diseases. All of us are today able to live a better life due to the availability of many drugs and treatments that science has evolved and has helped the Human Race.
However there are many conditions which even today are the same as science has not done anything about or has not been able to touch. One such form of diseases is Muscular Dystrophy. The tragedy of Muscular Dystrophy is that it is a slow progressive disease that over a period of time may be years or even months results in weakness of the muscles of the person reducing a normal human being to wheel chair and later a bedridden existence. The mental and emotional condition of the parents watching their child slowly progress painfully to a certain death is not describable. It’s not only the patients who suffer but also their surroundings that have an effect on them.
The worst is not yet over. When a person suffering from such a condition visit a neurosurgeon or a physician they describe you as not curable and do not give you any hope. Even though god has given most of MD children special gifts like more intelligence and better brain then a normal human they are treated like they will always be pitied in life. Not many people have known these types of MD diseases. Initially it was known to be a very rare case but now it has been seen that more and more MD cases are seen in many people.
We at National Association of Muscular Dystrophy (NAMD) have formed this association to educate people about MD. We are a group of people who have suffered and have parents whose children are suffering from such conditions. Our main aim is to educate people and let them know about the future of such patients and also as to what they can do to reduce the deterioration of such a conditions. We will help them to face this problem as well let them know that there are things that even such patients can do to reduce their pain and agony.
Our aim is to make people become positive about their conditions. We would like to emphasize that in these patients where proven interventions do not exist or have been ineffective there may be other ways and means that are unproven which may help and offer hope for saving the life of such patients.
You can enroll yourself to help us by becoming a member of our association by filling up the membership form. We offer hope but it is you who will make it possible.
Muscular dystrophy is one of the most difficult disorders to treat. Although, its pathogenesis is well understood there is no known cure available for any of the 9 types of muscular dystrophy. Conventional methods of coping with the disease include exercise and drugs that slow down or eliminate muscle wasting like anabolic steroids and supplementation. Skeletal muscle is the most abundant tissue of the body and is composed of large multinucleated fibers, whose nuclei cannot divide. Consequently, any cell or gene replacement method must restore proper gene expression in hundreds of post-mitotic nuclei, which are embedded in a highly structured cytoplasm and surrounded by a thick basal lamina. Similarly, most pharmacological approaches must invade the complex and partly unknown biochemical mechanism of fiber degeneration.
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Muscular Dystrophies are a group of hereditary and non-hereditary disorders that primarily affect the striated muscles throughout the body. They are characterized by defects in muscle proteins and the death of muscle cells and tissue and progressive skeletal muscle weakness.
The absence of functional proteins results in destabilization of the muscle membrane, increased muscle fragility and degeneration, and progressive muscle wasting. Muscular dystrophy is usually broadly classified into nine types including Duchenne, Becker, limb girdle, congenital, facioscapulohumeral, myotonic, oculopharyngeal, distal and Emery-Dreifuss.
Muscular dystrophy is diagnosed through a physical examination, a family history, blood tests, genetic tests and muscle biopsy. A preliminary diagnosis can be performed on the basis of past symptoms and characteristic traits. The age of onset and the clinical presentation may vary according to the type of dystrophy.
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