When Dr. Thurman Wheeler was a resident in neurology, he remembers a senior physician telling him that myotonic dystrophy would probably be one of the most difficult diseases to treat because it involves so many body systems.
Sleep studies are indicated for DM1 patients with disrupted sleep or daytime sleepiness in order to direct selection of the optimal treatment regimen.
A new clinical trial planning grant initiative from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) provides opportunities to develop an evidentiary basis for the consensus-driven clinical care recommendations currently under development at MDF for DM1.
Studies of AMPK/mTORC1 signaling in DM1 identify novel therapeutic targets for DM, and may offer an opportunity to repurpose approved drugs for both muscle and cognitive symptoms.
In 2016, MDF’s Warmline received many phone calls from MDF community members who struggled to complete the application process for federal and state disability benefits, and who needed guidance on how to navigate the complex application process.