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34 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 Muscular The Muscular Dystrophy Asso- ciation has been listed by a nation- al publication as one of the top 25 makers of grants to other nonprof- it organizations among American charities. The "Chronicle of Philan- thropy" reports that the newly up- dated "National Directory of Grantmaking Public Charities," published by the Foundation Cen- ter in New York, names the Mus- cular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as one of only four volun- tary health agencies among the top 25. More than 1,000 charities, in- cluding 451 community founda- tions, were reviewed and ranked by the Foundation Center. MDA was recognized for the $19.6 million in research grants it awarded during 1996 to universi- ties, hospitals and other institu- tions where scientists are in pur- suit of cures and treatment for the 40 neuromuscular disorders in MDA&apos;s program. MDA currently spends nearly $25 million per year, or $40 per minute, on re- search to help more than I million Americans and tens of millions worldwide. "We're proud of this recogni- tion for MDA's worldwide leader- ship in neuromuscular disease re- search," said Robert Ross, MDA senior vice president and execu- tive director. "Thanks largely to AIDS drugs Continued from page 33 gic drug reactions were recorded. However, since the drug is thus far administered intraveneously, it is probably attractive to experi- enced patients as a salvage thera- py for failed oral medication ther- apies. A full-scale clinical trial has begun. BIA - A muscle mass measurement test As AIDS progresses, many peo- ple experience wasting syndrome, which is the loss of lean muscle mass. Wasting is known to be a predictor of disease progression and death. Putting vanity aside, people living with AIDS do best with a strong, muscular body. Although not really new, but not widely used either, the bioelectri- cal impedance analysis (BIA) is a test that measures the body's cel t.` mass, the important tissue con- tained in muscles and internal or- gans. The test shows the amount of fluid, lean muscle mass and fa{, and it shows cellular health. It is an easily administered test that is well worth the peace of mind that it imparts. An electrode is attached to a naked foot and to a hand. The machine is flicked on and off and measures the speed of the current traveling between the hand and foot. A fast traveling current indicates amount of water and muscle; a slow traveling cur- rent indicates amount of fat. Those measurements are fed into a computer to get the hydration/ Dysl public support of our Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, our cutting- edge research is rapidly propelling us toward cures for muscle-wast- ing diseases. MDA investigators have also pioneered break- throughs that may well lead to therapies for heart disease, cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's and cystic fibrosis." The association annually funds some 400 teams of researchers around the world, and is the na- tion's largest provider of neuro- muscular disease research among nonprofit organizations. MDA is currently preparing t begin human trials of gene therapy in at least two forms of muscular dystrophy. In the past decade, MDA researchers uncovered the cause of most of the genetic dis- eases in its program; helped devel- op drug therapies for several neu- romuscular disorders, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease); and increased understanding of the effects of muscle weakness in many disor- ders. In addition to its research pro- gram, MDA offers the most com- prehensive services program of any national voluntary health or- ganization. The association main- tains a nationwide network of some 230 hospital-affiliated MDA clinics offering diagnostic and foi- muscle mass/fat mass analysis. For further information, see the following: On the internet <www.the- body.corn>. "NATAP Reports," May 1998, .rophy Association amon00 low-up services. MDA also provides people with neuromuscular disorders with as- sistance with purchase and repair of wheelchairs and leg braces; consultations for physical, occu- pational and respiratory therapy; annual flu vaccinations; support groups for patients and family members; summer camps for chil- dren; and up-to-date information. MDA was the first nonprofit or- ganization to be honored by the American Medical Association with a lifetime achievement award for "significant and lasting contri- butions to the health and welfare of humanity." The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon will be broadcast Sept. 6-7, originating from CBS Televi- sion City in Hollywood, and car- ried by some 200 television sta- tions to some 75 million viewers. The first worldwide telethon, the 21 1/2 hour show, will also be transmitted live on the Internet via the association's home page, <>, to tens of millions. The Web cast will use streaming audio and video tech- nologies provided by RealNet- works. MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat neuro- muscular diseases through pro- grams of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far- the National AIDS Treatment Ad- vocacy Project, 888-26-NATAP. Editor's Note: Scan Venable is an administrator with P.L.Active, an AIDS support organization. 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