Omar Baqal, MBBS

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Tongue Weakness May Hint at Late-Onset Pompe Disease

Collaborating researchers from various departments at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, have found that tongue weakness and structural changes, such as atrophy, could hint at late-onset Pompe disease (LOPD) and help differentiate it from other acquired or hereditary causes of myopathy. The study findings could have considerable implications on the clinical approach to LOPD. Late-onset…

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Predicting Anti-Drug Antibody Development in Pompe Disease Patients on Enzyme Replacement Therapy

Infantile-onset Pompe disease (IOPD) is a fatal glycogen storage disease caused by a deficiency of the enzyme acid alpha-glucosidase (GAA), which leads to an accumulation of glycogen and skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle damage. IOPD is treated with recombinant human GAA (rhGAA, alglucosidase alfa) enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), which can significantly improve clinical outcomes. However,…

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Isoflavone-Rich Diet and Healthy Gut Bacteria Protective Against MS

A new mouse model study at the University of Iowa has found that a diet rich in isoflavone, a phytoestrogen, might protect against multiple sclerosis (MS). The same study team previously found that isoflavone-metabolizing gut bacteria are less abundant in patients with MS. The present study findings were published in Science Advances and highlight the…

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