Research and new developments for polymyositis and dermatomyositis
A lot of research is being done on polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Because the conditions are so rare, research centres are joining forces for their studies. One of these studies is looking at the effectiveness of steroids in various combinations with other drugs. It aims to find the best combination of drugs for treating polymyositis and dermatomyositis.
The UK Myonet collaboration is starting to find out what genetic factors might make some people more likely to get myositis. This may help us understand the processes that cause muscle damage, which will hopefully lead to the development of new and more effective treatments.
New tests are also being developed to help tell myositis apart from other muscle condition.