Duchenne Muscular Distrophy
About Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)
- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common lethal genetic disease of children worldwide.
- It is 100% fatal.
- DMD is a progressive weakening defect of all the muscles in the body, including the heart, and primarily occurs in boys.
- There is no cure, no treatment, and no survivors.
- Approx. 1 in every 2,400 boys worldwide is born with DMD; they die, on average, at about 16 years old.
- In about 60% of the cases, DMD is inherited from the mother; in about 40% of the cases the disease is the result of spontaneous gene mutation, meaning anyone's son could be born with DMD.
- DMD is a worldwide tragedy; kids of all colors, all nationalities, all classes, and all ethnic backgrounds die much too young, agonizingly, slowly, and painfully, from DMD.
DMD Research Fund
DMDfund is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded by parents, relatives and friends of kids who have DMD. DMDfund is dedicated to finding a cure for DMD by funding research, so that millions of kids worldwide can live.
The DMDfund is a distinct and independent organization, and is not affiliated with, nor receives any funding from, any other organization.
Goal: $35 Million Dollars. Partial List of Immediate Needs
Wikipedia - Duchenne Muscular Distrophy
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a recessive X-linked form of muscular dystrophy, which results in muscle degeneration, difficulty walking, breathing, and death. The incidence is around 1 in 3,600 boys. Females and males are affected, though females are rarely affected and are more often carriers...
MDA - Muscular Distrophy Association
Definition - One of nine types of muscular dystrophy, a group of genetic, degenerative diseases primarily affecting voluntary muscles.
Cause - An absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact.
Onset - Early childhood - about 2 to 6 years.
Pub Med Health - Duchenne Muscular Distrophy
Pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy; Muscular dystrophy - Duchenne type
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is an inherited disorder that involves rapidly worsening muscle weakness.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a rapidly-worsening form of muscular dystrophy. Other muscular dystrophies (including Becker's muscular dystrophy) get worse much more slowly.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is caused by a defective gene for dystrophin (a protein in the muscles). However, it often occurs in people without a known family history of the condition.