A new study reveals that in the US, around 1 in 5,000 boys aged 5-9 years have either Duchenne muscular dystrophy or Becker muscular dystrophy, providing a better understanding of the prevalence of the two disorders. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common form of muscular dystrophy.

The study, led by researchers from the University of Iowa, also found that Hispanic boys are most likely to be affected by the conditions.

Muscular dystrophy describes a group of inherited disorders that cause severe muscle weakness, particularly in the lower body, that gets worse over time.

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