Boys in Green 2012 – Rory and the island (ft. Sharon Shannon)
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What is MG?
Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is an auto-immune disease in which the immune system attacks and damages the nerve signal reception areas. This causes a breakdown between nerves and muscles and results in loss of effectiveness in the muscles of the arms, legs and eyes. The name ‘Myasthenia Gravis’ comes from the Greek and Latin words for ‘grave muscular weakness’.
Who gets MG?
MG occurs in all races, in both genders and at any age. It is not thought to be directly inherited, nor is it contagious. Occasionally, it occurs in more than one member of the same family. It most commonly affects young adult women (under 40) and older men (over 60), but it can occur at any age. Research shows that 80 per cent of MG sufferers are over 55; 13 per cent are between 21 and 55 and seven per cent are under 21.
One in 10,000 people suffer from MG and many more go undiagnosed and misdiagnosed due to a lack of awareness of the condition. In Ireland, there are almost 400 diagnosed sufferers of MG, but it is estimated that for every diagnosed sufferer there are at least two to three others whose condition is undetected.