Author Archives: Steve Bryson PhD

Muscle Twitches Detected by Ultrasound May Aid Late Diagnosis

Muscle fasciculations, or twitches, in adolescents and adults with later onset forms of spinal muscle atrophy (SMA) were detected best with a muscle ultrasound, a study concluded. Muscle ultrasound combined with a physical examination is useful for screening adolescents and adults with weakness in muscles closest to the…

MicroRNAs in Blood May Predict Spinzara Response in Type 1 Patients

MicroRNAs isolated from the bloodstream of patients with infant-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1 before treatment were related to functional responses to Spinraza (nusinersen) after six months of therapy, a study suggested. Researchers said these microRNAs may be potential biomarkers to predict or monitor patients’ responses to…

Combining Evaluation Tools May Detect Early Signs of SMA: Study

Combining two clinical assessment tools helped recognize early neurological signs in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) who were identified through a newborn screening program, a study suggested. Even in the absence of obvious clinical signs, infants typically defined as presymptomatic may have minimal signs, such as poor muscle…

MicroRNAs Can Predict Response to Spinraza, Study Suggests

MicroRNAs isolated from people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) types 2 and 3 before treatment predicted eventual responses to Spinraza (nusinersen) therapy, a study suggested. The study, “Muscle microRNAs in the cerebrospinal fluid predict clinical response to nusinersen therapy in type II and type III…