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Neuromuscular Disorders

Table of Contents
  1. Wellness: Preventing Injury
  2. Wellness: Personal Safety
  3. Wellness: Preventing Diseases
  4. Wellness: Nutrition and Fitness
  5. Long Term Care
  6. Medications and Side Affects
  7. Alternative Health Care
  8. Health Conditions
  9. Neurological Disorders
  10. Neuromuscular Disorders
  11. Senior Health
  12. Social Issues

Muscular Dystrophy
Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy (MD) refers to a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal or voluntary muscles which control movement. The muscles of the heart and some other involuntary muscles are also affected in some forms of MD. A few forms involve other organs as well. Although some forms first become apparent in infancy or childhood, others may not appear until middle age or later.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health organization comprised of families and researchers whose goal is to conquer the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases affecting over one million Americans.

Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation
The Muscular Dystrophy Family Foundation provides adaptive equipment and emotional support for individuals and families affected by one of over forty neuromuscular diseases covered under their program.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease affecting the central nervous system where the patient's central nervous system goes through a "demyelization" process. Myelin is a substance that forms a sheath around the nerve fibers of the central nervous system to protect and insulate fibers from interfering with each other. Myelin helps the nerves receive and interpret messages from the brain. When this layer of myelin is damaged, the message conducted through the nerve fibers is no longer isolated and the conducting message is slower than normal.

MS clinical symptoms vary from patient to patient. Generally they include blurred vision, weak legs and arms, tingling sensations, and fatigue. Symptoms may be more diminished in some patients. There is no present cure for MS. However, early recognition is very important.

Multiple Sclerosis
To get comprehensive information, visit the Multiple Sclerosis website provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides a comprehensive website with information helpful to individuals, families, and professionals.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing supports and educational programs to people with MS.

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Last Updated on 12/26/2017

Tuesday, July 23, 2024