MJD Foundation Inc
What is MJD?
Machado Joseph Disease is an hereditary neuro degenerative condition. It is in a ‘family’ of neurodegenerative diseases that includes Huntington’s Disease.
The faulty gene causes muscular weakness and progresses over time to a total lack of voluntary control and very significant permanent physical disability.
MJD is an inherited, autosomal dominant disorder, meaning that each child of a person who carries the defective gene has a 50% chance of developing the disease. In addition the mutation is typically expanded when it is passed to the next generation (known as an ‘anticipation effect) this means that symptoms of the disease appear around 8-10 years earlier and are more severe.
There is no known cure for MJD.
Who is the MJD Foundation?
The MJD Foundation is a charity, established in 2008
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