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The new approval will treat a type of retinal dystrophy, a rare vision disorder that involves mutations to genes critical to retinal function; retinal cells convert light into electrical signals to the brain, which translates them into images.
In this case, the gene therapy treats a condition called retinal dystrophy.
Retinal dystrophy due to mutation of the RPE65 gene causes severe visual impairment beginning in infancy.
There are actually many kinds of retinal dystrophies, including Leber congenital amaurosis and retinitis pigmentosa.
The first attempt at reconciliation came during Lewis’s 1976 telethon fundraiser for muscular dystrophy.
Lewis was also devoted to fighting against muscular dystrophy.
Few have been so accomplished as humanitarians - his annual muscular dystrophy telethons had raised almost $1.5 billion by the late 2000s - or so polarizing as personalities.
Her own son, Luke Hoban, has congenital muscular dystrophy and needs considerable assistance, including a wheelchair and a ventilator.
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Breaking Down dystrophy
Since the prefix dys- means "bad" or "difficult", dystrophy is always a negative term. Originally it meant "a condition caused by improper nutrition", but today the term is instead used for a variety of other conditions, particularly conditions that noticeably affect the muscles. Of the many types of muscular dystrophy, the best known is Duchenne's, a terrible disease that strikes about one in 3,300 males and produces severe wasting of the muscles. However, the muscular dystrophies generally affect many other organs and systems as well. And the other dystrophies, which tend to involve the eyes or hands, don't much resemble the muscular dystrophies.
Origin and Etymology of dystrophy
First Known Use: 1901See Words from the same year
medical Definition of dystrophy
- waters with a high fluorine content are responsible for the dental dystrophy known as mottled enamel
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