What happens in Leigh disease, exactly?

What is it? Leigh disease is rare genetic disorder that mainly affects the brain and the spinal cord. The first symptoms typically appear within the first year of a child’s life, and they include things like diarrhea, vomiting and trouble with swallowing. As the disease progresses, the brain slowly looses control over the muscles. This… Continue reading What happens in Leigh disease, exactly?

What happens in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, exactly?

What is it? Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disease that leads┬áto muscle loss. The first symptom, muscle weakness, typically starts around the age of four and gets worse quickly. The average life expectancy is 26 years. DMD is much more common in males than in females, and it affects about 1 in 3600… Continue reading What happens in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, exactly?