Research brief: Steroids aid muscular dystrophy

Taking daily steroids can help boys with muscular dystrophy walk for longer periods of time and reduce the risk of scoliosis, according to US research. The researchers reviewed records of 143 boys with muscular dystrophy, 75 of whom had been treated with corticosteroids for an average of eight years. They found that boys who were treated with the steroids were able to walk by themselves for an average of 3.3 years longer than the untreated boys and had a lower rate of scoliosis, 31 per cent compared to 91 per cent (Neurology Online 2007).

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