Module Four Lesson One Assignment Two- Saya Parker

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  • Hi Mr. Hayman. Do you know anything about muscular dystrophy?
  • Hello John. Muscular Dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. 
  • In this type of condition there will be abnormal genes that interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscles. 
  • This relates to our muscular system with the fact that in some cases it can lead to inabilities to learn effectively and being that there are different types it can cause the muscles to have different degrees of weaknesses.
  • What causes it? 
  • Are there any symptoms to watch for as a sign of having it?
  • Symptoms Include: Frequent falls, Difficulty getting up from a lying or sitting position, trouble running and jumping, walking on the toes, large calf muscles, and muscle pain and stiffness just to name some. 
  • Wow Lucky to say yes there are symptoms. However they typically appear between the ages of 2 and 3.
  • How can it be treated?
  • Well thank you Mr. Hayman. That's all the questions I have. 
  • It has no cure, but your doctor may recommend medications and therapy to help with it. It can provide you with mobility aid, braces, etc. Surgery may be needed to correct a spinal curvature that could eventually make breathing more difficult. 
  • This must really interest you. Well it is caused by certain genes are involved in making proteins that protect muscle fibers from damage. This condition occurs when one of those genes are defective. 
  • My pleasure John. 
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