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

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

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

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

While there are many ***** of MD the most commonly seen ones, ***** "myotonic, Duchenne, Becker, limb-girdle, facioscapulohumeral, congenital, oculopharyngeal, distal ***** Emery-Dreifuss(Most Frequently ***** 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 they cause for the muscles. There are ***** some named after the doctors who uncovered the ********** existence. "As the root causes (gene defects) ***** the ***** dystrophies ***** discovered, ***** are beginning to change their thinking about how to classify some of the dystrophies. In some cases, a type ***** muscular dystrophy ***** looked like it might be one disease ***** been found to be several different **********, caused by several different ***** defects. In other cases, diseases that ***** different have

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