All types of CMT are “Axonal”
CMT1 types have commonly been referred to as “demyelinating” and CMT2 as “axonal,” which gives the impression the nature of the nerve damage between the two is fundamentally different.
New Study of Genetic Causes of CMT Needs Participants
The Rare Diseases Network is looking for participants in a new study looking for unknown causes of the most common types of CMT.
Genetic Cause of CMT2 Discovered?
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation looked at two unrelated families with CMT2 and identified “autosomal dominant mutations of the canonical Notch ligand Jagged1 (or JAG1)” in them — a likely cause for their CMT that was also backed up by experiments in mice. The CMT News site covers this in…
New Genetic Diagnostics for CMT
Here’s an informative article from the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation (HNF) about current best practices in genetic diagnosis of CMT. A lot of examples are given of people with less common subtypes who waited a long time to get properly diagnosed — sometimes after many years of wrong diagnoses or none at all. Today the best…
Sleep Apnea and CMT
Studies show CMT tends to come with Disturbed Sleep, Depression, and Reduced Quality of Life. 😞 This post summarizes the scientific research I’ve absorbed on the subject of CMT and sleep apnea. It’s definitely accurate relative to my own experience in the past year or so.
The State of Research for Cures (2019)
The US-based CMTA (Charcot Marie Tooth Association) has a 12-year-old program called the Strategy to Accelerate Research (STAR) that is actively pursuing the causes and possible cures for CMT. STAR will cover nearly all CMT Type 1s and 2s, including types with as yet unidentified genetic causes.