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Swim with the third edition of the SingelSwim Utrecht on Sunday, June 18th, 2017 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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19-04-2018 | 14:00

Warmterecord op 19 april verbroken. Vanmiddag wordt het extreem warm voor de tijd van het jaar. Met op veel plaatsen maxima van 26-29 graden is het circa 15 graden warmer dan normaal. In het zuidoosten is zelfs kans op lokaal 30 graden! Met dit fantastische nieuws hebben we natuurlijk nog meer zin om de verkoeling op te zoeken en te gaan zwemmen. Daarom verlengen we de Early Bird actie met een week. Meld je tot Koningsdag aan tegen een gereduceerd tarief. Tijdens deze actie betalen individuele zwemmers een bedrag van € 65,00 in plaats van € 75,00 aan inschrijfgeld. Leden van sportverenigingen en studenten betalen een tarief van € 35,00 in plaats van € 40,00. Ga jij de uitdaging AAN?

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