Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
This therapy combines the principals of behavioural and cognitive therapies and focuses on the beliefs and attitudes of the individual. CBT looks at how these can impact the way you behave and your attitudes towards to yourself and others hoping to break negative thought cycles to improve wellbeing.

Is short for dystrophia myotonica-protein kinase, and is it is a gene. A mutation DMPK causes myotonic dystrophy. This gene helps make a protein that is important in muscle function.

Dominant inheritance:
A method of genetic inheritance, whereby a single abnormal copy of a gene causes disease, even though a good copy of the gene is also present. We inherit one copy of each gene from our mother and one from our father. Individuals with a dominant condition have a 50% chance of passing on the altered gene, and resulting disease, to their children.

Exercise therapy:
The use of exercise to help relieve the symptoms of disease.

A gene is made of DNA and carries the instructions to make a specific protein. Genes usually come in pairs, one inherited from each parent. They are passed on from one generation to the next, and are the basic units of inheritance. Any alterations in genes (mutations) can cause inherited disorders such as myotonic dystrophy.

The genetic definition of a disease, the changes that can only be seen at a molecular level and not externally.

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