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Muscular Dystrophy Paula Johanson

Muscular Dystrophy

Paula Johanson

Published September 1st 2008
ISBN : 9781404218505
Hardcover
64 pages
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 About the Book 

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that gradually weakens a persons muscles. It is caused by missing or incorrect genetic information in the bodys cells. The persons body is unable to make the proteins needed to build and maintainMoreMuscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that gradually weakens a persons muscles. It is caused by missing or incorrect genetic information in the bodys cells. The persons body is unable to make the proteins needed to build and maintain healthy muscles. Although there is no cure for muscular dystrophy, researchers are learning about how to prevent and treat the condition. Doctors have learned a great deal about how to improve muscle and joint function and how to slow the deterioration of muscles. Their goal is to help children, teenagers, and adults with muscular dystrophy live active and independent lives for as long as possible. This book delves into the history of the disorder, the genetic basis of MD, the main types of MD, and living with MD and suggests some coping strategies. It also explores diagnostic tests for MD, genetic research, and the promising effects of gene therapy.