University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Scientists Find Drug That May Help Fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy  
12/13/2012 7:43:53 AM

Drugs are currently being tested that show promise in treating patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), an inherited disease that affects about one in 3,600 boys and results in muscle degeneration and, eventually, death. Now, scientists at UCLA have found a drug, already approved by the U.S. Food &Drug Administration and being used in humans, that provides a powerful boost to the therapy currently being tested in clinical trials. They hope this one-two punch used in combination will overcome the genetic mutations that cause DMD, restore a missing protein needed for proper muscle function and allow those affected by the disease to lead relatively normal lives.