Spinal Muscular Atrophy News and Research

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Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a motor neuron disease and the leading genetic cause of death among infants and toddlers. Characterized by selective loss of nerve cells in the spinal cord, the disease leads to increasing muscular weakness and atrophy. Over time, patients afflicted by SMA continue to lose muscle control and strength, leading to progressive inability to walk, stand, sit up and breathe. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 6,000 to 1 in 10,000 infants are born annually worldwide with SMA.
Novartis: Lancet publishes pioneering study of Aimovig’s efficacy in episodic migraine patients

Novartis: Lancet publishes pioneering study of Aimovig’s efficacy in episodic migraine patients

Genentech announces clinical data from studies investigating risdiplam in spinal muscular atrophy

Genentech announces clinical data from studies investigating risdiplam in spinal muscular atrophy

Researchers discover how nerve cells control movement

Researchers discover how nerve cells control movement

Urine exRNA may be source of biomarkers for muscular dystrophy

Urine exRNA may be source of biomarkers for muscular dystrophy

Biogen and Eisai announce results of LTE Phase 1b study of aducanumab for treating MCI

Biogen and Eisai announce results of LTE Phase 1b study of aducanumab for treating MCI

Study links spinal muscular atrophy disease expression with haplotypes

Study links spinal muscular atrophy disease expression with haplotypes

SMA treatment may be effective even if started in children seven months and older

SMA treatment may be effective even if started in children seven months and older

Alternative method identified for delivering nusinersen to spinal muscular atrophy patients

Alternative method identified for delivering nusinersen to spinal muscular atrophy patients

Study findings highlight importance of early detection of SMA through newborn screening

Study findings highlight importance of early detection of SMA through newborn screening

Researchers find novel ways to improve participation in clinical research

Researchers find novel ways to improve participation in clinical research

Scientists discover how potential new drug targets spinal muscular atrophy

Scientists discover how potential new drug targets spinal muscular atrophy

Therapeutic RNA corrects error in genetic processing that leads to familial dysautonomia

Therapeutic RNA corrects error in genetic processing that leads to familial dysautonomia

Investigational drug may help increase protein levels in babies with spinal muscular atrophy

Investigational drug may help increase protein levels in babies with spinal muscular atrophy

Scientists discover basic molecular mechanism that helps understand how ALS works

Scientists discover basic molecular mechanism that helps understand how ALS works

Impaired transport processes in neurons contribute to neurodegenerative disorders

Impaired transport processes in neurons contribute to neurodegenerative disorders

Researchers develop method to identify splicing-based biomarkers for liver cancer

Researchers develop method to identify splicing-based biomarkers for liver cancer

New medication improves motor function in children with later-onset spinal muscular atrophy

New medication improves motor function in children with later-onset spinal muscular atrophy

Scientists uncover the structure of microtubule motor proteins

Scientists uncover the structure of microtubule motor proteins

UNC gene therapy scientists uncover viral barcode to penetrate blood-brain barrier

UNC gene therapy scientists uncover viral barcode to penetrate blood-brain barrier

Researchers discover gene network that regulates the motor neuron development in growing embryo

Researchers discover gene network that regulates the motor neuron development in growing embryo