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

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

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

Muscular ***** 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 *****mselves known until the person is planted firmly in their middle aged years or even senior years. Years a***** ***** diagnosis of childhood MD meant dy*****g shortly thereafter ***** with today's medical advances the children afflicted are living longer than ever before.

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

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