Author Archives: Steve Bryson PhD

Cure SMA Advocates for Better Wheelchair Storage for Air Travel

In a letter to a U.S. Department of Transportation Advisory Committee, Cure SMA called for better wheelchair handling and storage for people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who travel by air. The patient advocacy organization shared its perspective on the challenges of airplane travel — from booking tickets to…

Mothers Want to Improve Children’s Quality of Life

Mothers of children and adolescents with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) want to find ways to improve the quality of life of their children and families, a questionnaire-based study reports. “The results of this research … could help specialists in providing psychological support for families of SMA children and/or adolescents,”…

Early Work Supports Apitegromab’s Safety as SMA Muscle Therapy

A series of toxicology studies in rats and macaque monkeys confirmed the safety and tolerability of apitegromab, an investigational spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) therapy, supporting its ongoing assessment in patient trials, a study reported. The study, “Preclinical Safety Assessment and Toxicokinetics of Apitegromab, an Antibody Targeting…

Major Developmental Milestones Met in Infants, Zolgensma Data Show

New data about Zolgensma, the one-time gene therapy for children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), demonstrate age-appropriate development when used pre-symptomatically, and rapid, meaningful efficacy in symptomatic children, even those with severe disease before treatment, according to two Phase 3 clinical trials. The therapy, developed by Novartis, uses…