Paramedian Injection Approach Found to Ease Spinraza Administration

Administering Spinraza (nusinersen) via a particular method of injection, called the paramedian approach, can shorten procedure times and reduce the occurrence of adverse events for people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a small study...

Survey Finds COVID-19 Disrupted Care, Well-Being of Rare Disease Patients in Europe

The first wave of COVID-19 in Europe severely disrupted access to care and raised stress and anxiety in people with rare diseases, negatively affecting their health and well-being, according to a survey conducted by Eurordis-Rare Diseases...

Genetic Analysis of Families Finds Novel Mutations in SMA

Genetic analysis of 28 families with a member affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) identified novel mutations in the SMN1 gene and different genes widely prevalent in SMA patients not found in unaffected family members, a study...

Physical Therapy For SMA Patients Also Serves As Emotional Therapy

Even though physical therapy focuses on the physical state of a patient, it can also act as an emotional relief for some patients. Our patient with SMA, Michael, is not able to get out of his house very much during the week, as he works...

Olesoxime Failed to Benefit SMA Type 2 and 3 Patients, Final Trial Data Show

Olesoxime, a small molecule once considered a potential treatment, failed to slow motor and respiratory decline in people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) types 2 and 3 who were unable to walk, according to final results from an...

Gene Therapy Given Directly to Spinal Canal Might Be Safer With ‘Silencing’ Step

By taking advantage of a natural process of gene silencing, a new gene therapy approach appears to prevent the toxicity to dorsal root ganglion (DRG) — a specific cluster of sensory neurons — seen in non-human primates during gene therapy...

A Physical Therapist’s Perspective On a New Treatment for SMA in Patients 2 Months and Older Sponsored Post

As key team members in the management of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA),1physical therapists need to understand how disease-modifying therapies may impact patients with SMA and how to best assess these patients over time. Evrysdi...

Molecule Similar to Evrysdi But Possibly Safe at Higher Doses Identified

A newly identified small molecule able to cross into the brain — named TEC-1 — significantly eased disease severity and prolonged survival in a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a study from Japan reported. TEC-1 was reported...

Massage and Stretching Techniques For SMA Patients

During physical therapy, there are many different techniques that can be utilized to maximize the patient’s care. Some of these can include different manual techniques such as soft tissue massage, edema reduction massage, and manual...

Muscle-directed Therapy SRK-015 Improves Motor Function in SMA Types 2, 3, Data Show

SRK-015, Scholar Rock’s muscle-targeted therapy, safely and effectively improved motor function in children and young adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) types 2 and 3, six-month interim data from a Phase 2 trial show. These...

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Paramedian Injection Approach Found to Ease Spinraza Administration

Paramedian Injection Approach Found to Ease Spinraza Administration

Administering Spinraza (nusinersen) via a particular method of injection, called the paramedian approach, can shorten procedure times and reduce the occurrence of adverse events for people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a small study suggests. This method may...

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My Experience with the JACO Robotic Arm

Throughout my life, I have required assistance with the most basic tasks. Things like scratching my head, getting myself a drink, or picking something up off the floor are just a few items on a never-ending list of impossibilities. Fortunately, there is now technology...

The Amino Acid Diet and Its Benefits

Nutrition has always been a challenge for my daughter, Ella. And, in turn, it is a challenge for my wife and me. Due to Ella's disease, she has an increased amount of difficulty digesting long-chain fats (meats, cheeses, etc.) and she also has a hard time maintaining...

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