Steroids demonstrate efficacy for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy patientsYoung males afflicted with MD (Duchenne muscular dystrophy), a rare but devastating condition, can find considerable relief coming their way and expect to walk longer for as much as three additional years when treated with corticosteroids.

It was remarked by Wendy King, a physical therapist in the neurology department at Ohio State University that the chances of scoliosis and the magnitude of curvature are reduced considerably with daily administration of steroids. King also remarked that calcium supplements and bone mineral density must be indicated to patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy are recommended at intervals of six to twenty four months due to implications associated with steroids.

The finding was disclosed in a study supported by the General Clinical Research Center at the Ohio State University and the National Center of Research Resources of NIH.