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Could muscular dystrophy cause life shortness?

Could muscular dystrophy cause life shortness?

Depends on type/care: Here is direct information about adults with md (duchenne md) http://www.Parentprojectmd.Org/site/pageserver?Pagename=care_stage_adult. ...Read more

Statins (Definition)

Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more


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What causes muscular dystrophy when kids have it ?

What causes muscular dystrophy when kids have it ?

Genetics: Muscular dystrophies are caused by mutations in the genes responsible for making the components of muscle. Sometimes these mutations are sporadic, while in other cases there is a family history. A neurologist or geneticist can help you determine the specifics of your case and if genetic testing of the patient or their family members might be useful. ...Read more

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What causes muscular dystrophy to run in families?

It's in the genes!: Many muscular dystrophies are caused by a defect in the genes. These defects are passed on to our children. Some are dominant meaning there is a 50/50 chance of passing it along, others are linked to gender or are recessive meaning you have to reproduce with someone with the same defect to have a child who is affected. ...Read more

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Can cholesteral medication cause muscular dystrophy?

Can cholesteral medication cause muscular dystrophy?

ms: I can find no evidence that cholesterol medications cause muscular dystrophy. Ms is a specific set of usually genetically caused muscle problems. ...Read more

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What causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Genetic disorder: Duchenne's muscular dystrophy is an x linked genetic disorder causing abnormalities of the muscle fiber and eventual degeneration. ...Read more

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What causes duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Hereditary: It is inherited because of a defective gene on the x chromosome (female sex chromosome). It is referred to as a "sex-linked recessive" inheritance pattern. Girls get two x chromosomes, and the healthy one overrules the unhealthy gene, preventing girls from contracting the disorder. Boys get an x and a y. If the x has the defective gene, there is no corresponding gene on the y to overrule it. ...Read more

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What causes muscular dystrophy?

Faulty protein: The most common form of muscular dystrophy is caused by an abnormal protein. It causes muscle tissues not to form correctly resulting in replacement of muscle tissue with scar tissue and fatty infiltrate. ...Read more

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What is the biological cause of muscular dystrophy?

What is the biological cause of muscular dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophies: are a group of inherited neuromuscular disorders. Of the 9 major types & > 100 related disorders, each is caused by a specific mutant gene or genes. Some are inherited in an X-linked recessive pattern from a carrier mother; others are autosomal dominant, meaning each child of an affected parent has a 50% chance of inheriting it. Please specify the type to know the specific genetic defect. ...Read more

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Is it possible for muscular dystrophy to cause life shortness?

Per MDA.org:: Until relatively recently, boys with DMD usually did not survive much beyond their teen years. Thanks to advances in cardiac and respiratory care, life expectancy is increasing and many young adults with DMD attend college, have careers, get married and have children. Survival into the early 30s is becoming more common, and there are cases of men living into their 40s and 50s. ...Read more

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Muscular Dystrophy (Definition)

Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of muscle disorders characterized by progressive weakness of the muscles and ...Read more