Latest Spinal muscular atrophy Stories

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...

2011-10-05 19:32:27

Findings reveal that deficiency of the SMN protein in peripheral tissues might also contribute to SMA pathology A new study from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) reports surprising results that suggest that the devastating neuromuscular disease, spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), might not exclusively affect the motor neurons in the spinal cord as has long been thought. The new findings suggest that defects in peripheral tissues such as liver, muscle, heart, etc., might also contribute to...

2011-09-27 11:31:29

Discovery could lead to treatments for muscular dystrophy and ALS Researchers at the University of Missouri have identified a communication breakdown between nerves and muscles in mice that may provide new insight into the debilitating and fatal human disease known as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). “Critical communication occurs at the point where nerves and muscles ℠talk´ to each other. When this communication between nerves and muscles is disrupted, muscles do not...

2011-07-25 23:28:09

'Biggest increase anyone has seen' in the production of essential compound for deadly childhood disease Researchers in Ottawa report new hope for the treatment of infants born with serious genetic disorder. Over 1000 children in Canada are affected with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a genetic disorder that causes muscle weakness and loss of motor control. In its most severe form survival of children with SMA beyond 5 years is rare. Although the disorder is caused by the loss of a specific...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
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  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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