AANEM News Express

AANEM News Express

It’s Charcot-Marie-Tooth Awareness Month!

AANEM is pleased to help increase understanding and awareness of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) during CMT Awareness Month! AANEM recently featured a few stories about women living with CMT. Take a moment to read about Bernadette and Kristin and view available AANEM resources to help expand your knowledge of this disease. 
What is CMT?
CMT or hereditary motor sensory neuropathy (HMSN) is an inherited, progressive disease of the nerves with weakness and numbness more pronounced in the legs than the arms. The nerves stop sending messages to different areas of the body, like the hands and feet, because parts of the nerve cells deteriorate. The muscles in the hands and feet get weak because they no longer receive messages from the nerves, and therefore are not being used. Symptoms vary greatly. There can be fatigue, pain, as well as lack of balance, feeling, reflexes, sight and hearing. There can be high arched feet, hammer toes, foot drop, foot deformities, and possibly scoliosis. Read more
Patient Stories 
Moving from Family Secrecy to Public Advocacy: Bernadette Scarduzio and Her Life with Charcot-Marie-Tooth
A disease that was once a family secret has now become Bernadette Scarduzio’s greatest passion – Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT). Read more
Meet Kristin: Mother, Social Worker, and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Survivor
At age 23, Kristin’s medical problems stopped her in her tracks and totally disabled her. It wasn’t until she was 31 that her neurologist finally figured out the diagnosis – she had Charcot-Marie-Tooth Type 4C. Read more
CMT to be Featured Topic at 2018 AANEM Annual Meeting
One of the sessions at the 2018 AANEM Annual Meeting will be fully devoted to CMT – CMT/IN Patient Outcomes – and is being put on by the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation. 
If you are a physician, technologist, researcher or collaborator specializing in neuromuscular disease and interested in attending the AANEM Annual Meeting, register today! Online registration is open through September 25, 2018. 
AANEM Resources on CMT
Please note that some of the materials below may be accessible to AANEM members only. 
Make a Donation
During CMT Awareness Month, please consider making a donation to the AANEM Foundation. Your donation will fund scientific research to help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases like CMT. Donate today

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