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… Continue reading Genetic Cause of CMT2 Discovered?
Science is starting to confirm very wide ranging effects to the nerve damage CMT does, often slowly and over time so it may not be very noticeable for many years.
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… Continue reading New genetic diagnostics for CMT
Earlier in life, relatively healthy people with CMT can overlook signs of compromised respiratory function which will start to cause more and more problems for them later.
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 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.