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2012-04-11 14:59:04

An abnormally low level of a protein in certain nerve cells is linked to movement problems that characterize the deadly childhood disorder spinal muscular atrophy, new research in animals suggests. Spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, is caused when a child´s motor neurons — nerve cells that send signals from the spinal cord to muscles — produce insufficient amounts of what is called survival motor neuron protein, or SMN. This causes motor neurons to die, leading to muscle...

2012-03-07 11:20:50

Scientists from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the University of Ottawa have discovered that a drug called fasudil can extend the average lifespan of mice with Spinal muscular atrophy from 30.5 days to more than 300 days Scientists from the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa) have discovered that a drug called fasudil can extend the average lifespan of mice with Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) from 30.5 days to more than 300 days. The...

2012-03-07 11:16:28

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an incurable, and progressive, disease caused by an inheritable defect in the gene SMN1. Depending on the severity of the mutation it can result in the loss of spinal cord motor neurons, muscle wasting (atrophy) and even death of an affected child. A new study published in Biomed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine shows that Fasudil, a ROCK inhibitor, can improve both the size of muscle fibers and their connection to motor neurons. Fasudil also...

2011-11-22 10:30:37

Spinal Muscular Atrophy affects one in 6,000 children; no known cure A team of University of Missouri researchers have found that targeting a synthetic molecule to a specific gene could help the severity of the disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) — the leading genetic cause of infantile death in the world. "When we introduced synthetic RNA into mice that carry the genes responsible for SMA, the disease's severity was significantly lowered," said Chris Lorson, researcher at the...

2011-11-03 07:00:00

Dr. Brett Bolton and GreatHairTransplants are donating 10 of their world-renowned MAXHARVEST TM hair transplant procedures in an effort to help save a little girlâs life. Mia, the beautiful 2½-year-old daughter of Aldo Israel, a patient of GreatHairTransplants, was recently diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). The Israel family, GreatHairTransplants, and several other local merchants are reaching out to the community and the hair restoration industry to help raise...

2011-10-20 12:10:00

These new awards encompass $745,000 for the basic research portion of the $3 Million in new research funding that FSMA announced earlier this year. The FSMA basic research program is governed by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB carefully reviews all grant applications to ensure funding of only the best quality research relevant to the mission of Families of SMA. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 20, 2011 Three of the seven new grants for 2011 will help the understanding of why motor...


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