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Swim with the fourth edition of the SingelSwim Utrecht on Sunday, June 17th, 2018 Park Lepelenburg. Swim 1.2 or 2 km from the historic Utrecht Singel for charity for FSHD muscle disease, which is caused by an error in the DNA. In the Netherlands around 2,000 people suffer from FSHD muscle disease.  They have the faulty gene switched ON. The research of Prof. Dr. Niels Geijsen from the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht offers a hope of finding a drug to switch the faulty gene OFF.

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Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy is a heritable muscle disease, often called FSH or FSHD.  (It is also known as Landouzy-Dejerine disease, after the two French neurologists who first documented it in the late 19th century).  Its major effects are progressive weakening and loss of skeletal muscle.  It has significant medical and health impacts on individuals, families, and society. FSHD is amongst the most common forms of muscular dystrophy, affecting children and adults of both sexes.  In the Netherlands, around 2,000 people suffer from the disease. The cardinal feature of FSHD is the progressive loss of muscle strength. The name of the disease originates from the typical pattern of weakness at onset: the face (facio), shoulder girdle (scapulo), and upper arms (humeral). However, the disease can differ in the typical initial pattern of weakness - not every patient experiences facial muscle loss, and many develop muscle weakness in the legs and torso. The symptoms can develop at any age, from infancy through to old age.  Many patients recall being unable to whistle, smile, or close their eyelids as a child. The majority of males are diagnosed by age 20, and females by age 30. About 4 percent of cases are diagnosed in children under the age of 5. These early-onset or infantile-onset (iFSHD) patients are at greater risk of having more severe symptoms and added health complications. About 20% of the FSHD patients will need a wheelchair by the age of 50. At the moment there is no cure for FSHD, which is why research is so important.

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02-07-2018 | 00:00

Ruim 150 zwemmers zijn tijdens de vierde editie van de SingelSwim Utrecht de UITdaging aangegaan om 1,2 of 2 km te zwemmen door de Utrechtse singel. Ook KidsSwim was een groot succes. Er is door alle deelnemers ruim 64.000 euro opgehaald. Daar zijn we bijzonder trots op! Alle donatiegelden komen voor 100% ten goede aan het onderzoek naar de spierziekte FSHD.  In Nederland lijden zo’n 2.000 mensen aan de spierziekte FSHD. Bij hen staat het foute gen op AAN. Het onderzoek van prof. dr. Niels Geijsen, verbonden aan het Hubrecht Instituut in Utrecht, biedt hoop in het vinden van een medicijn om het foute gen op UIT te zetten.    

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