Access Minnesota

10 December 2014

Muscular Dystrophy

For the week of December 14th, 2014

Muscular Dystrophy is a degenerative disease that affects one in 3,500 boys and often proves fatal by early adulthood. But scientists at the University of Minnesota are developing a revolutionary treatment that regenerates muscles using stem cells—which could help patients suffering from any kind of muscular damage. On this week’s Access Minnesota, we’ll talk with the ‘U’s Dr. Rita Perlingeiro about her lab’s promising new research to combat this destructive disease.

  • Part 1

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    (1:25) Perlingeiro’s interest in stem cells and muscular dystrophy; (2:50) How muscular dystrophy affects the body; (4:00) The disease’s effects on children; (5;30) Different types of MD (6:47) What makes MD so difficult to cure (9:42) Why the disease affects men more than women (10:37) Current treatments

  • Part 2

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    (:30) Genetics and carrying the gene for MD (1:08) Perlingeiro’s lab and research; (5:42) Human clinical trials; (7:18) Other applications for the lab’s research; (7:40) Other research in this field; (9:35) The future of Perlingeiro’s research

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