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This paper presents an overview of Muscular Dystrophy. The writer explores the types, the causes, the symptoms *****d ***** research to find a cure. There were six sources used to complete this *****.

One would be hard pressed to ***** an American who has never witnessed the Jerry Lewis telethon for Muscular *****. It is an annual Labor Day tradition and ***** *****en for many decades. While everybody is aware that Lewis does the ***** and have watched it at least once, they would have a difficult time reporting on the dise*****se the telethon aims to *****. Muscular Dystrophy is a d*****order that afflicts millions of people in the world but in laymen language it seems to get confused with other disorders frequently.

The word dystrophy means faulty nutrition ***** comes from Greek and Latin roots. When the word is combined ***** muscular it ***** easily understood as muscles not being given the proper nutrients to function. Doctors who ***** the symptoms visually but did ***** have the advances of medical science to explore or prove *****s existence first described the disease in the 19th century. "Today, we know that many muscle-wasting *****s are caused by defects in genes for muscle proteins. Most of these ***** appear to play a role in support*****g the structure ***** muscle fibers, although some may play a role in ***** biochemical processes ***** go on in muscle *****. The term muscular ***** refers to a group of genetic diseases marked by progressive weakness ***** degeneration of the skeletal, or voluntary, muscles, which control movement. The muscles ***** the heart and some other in***** muscles ***** also affected in some ********** of muscular dystrophy, ***** a few forms ********** other organs as well(Most Frequently Asked Questions About ***** Dystrophy (http://www.mdausa.org/publications/fa-md-qa.html)."

***** Dystrophy affects all ages. Some of the forms can become apparent in childhood or infancy while others appear in adulthood ***** the teen years. Some forms do not make themselves known until the person is planted firmly in their middle aged years or even senior *****. Years a***** ***** diagnosis of childhood MD meant dying shortly thereafter but with *****day's medical advances the children afflicted are living longer than ever before.

***** there are many ***** of MD the most commonly seen ones, ***** "myotonic, Duchenne, Becker, limb-girdle, facioscapulohumeral, congenital, oculopharyngeal, distal and Emery-Dreifuss(Most Frequently Asked Questions ***** Muscular Dystrophy (http://www.mdausa.org/publications/fa-md-qa.html)." Some of them are named after the muscles that are affected and o*****rs are founded in the type of trouble ********** cause for the muscles. There are also some ***** after the doct***** who uncovered the form's existence. "As the root causes (gene defects) of the muscular dystrophies ***** discovered, doctors are beginning to change their thinking about how to classify ***** ***** the dystrophies. In some cases, a type of muscular dystrophy that looked like it might be one disease has *****en found to be several different diseases, caused by several different gene defects. In other cases, diseases that looked ***** have

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