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Newcastle Scientists working to ease the suffering of millions of people


Neuromuscular diseases are debilitating conditions that affect 300,000 people in Europe and 2.2 million across the planet.

Now, a team from Newcastle University’s Institute of Human Genetics is playing a crucial role in coming up with ways to tackle their debilitating effects.

Known as NMD, neuromuscular diseases affect either the muscles themselves or the nerves controlling the muscles, causing conditions that result in chronic long-term disability, and even early death from lung or heart failure.

The conditions, including those known as muscular dystrophies, are currently incurable but the Institute has been working as part of a European network on treatments that could ease the suffering of patients.

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