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University of Minnesota Researchers Hope Video Game can Help Children Diagnosed With Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota has created a video game they can use to measure muscle strength. And, for the thousands of children diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy every year, it could open doors that have never been open before.
There is no cure for DMD and few treatment options are available. Many families see clinical trials as a great hope. But they are not easy to get into.
About one in every 5,000 boys between ages 5-9 suffers from the hereditary disorder, according to researchers at the University of Iowa.
Difficulty walking is common for children with DMD. But those who want to participate in a clinical trial usually need to be able to walk for six minutes. It’s how researchers test their strength to see if the experimental therapies or drugs from those trials are working.
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