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Neurodevelopmental issues emerging as patients live longer

About 43% of children with early-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) were reported to have neurodevelopmental problems in a recent international survey of clinicians. Such issues, including intellectual disabilities, speech delays, or problems with social communication and interaction, have not historically been considered a key part of the disease presentation,…

Cdk5 enzyme may be promising therapeutic target for SMA

Inhibiting an abnormally hyperactive protein called cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) significantly lessens the dysfunction and death of motor neurons, the cells lost in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a new study reports. These findings support Cdk5 as a potential therapeutic target for the progressive disease, researchers say. The study, “…

Children with SMA express good quality of life in small study

Children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), even those with substantial physical disability, tend to report that their quality of life is similar to other children their age, a small study from Germany reports. “The results from this pilot study show that German children with SMA, despite significant physical disability,…

Voyager, Novartis join to advance next-generation SMA gene therapy

Voyager Therapeutics is collaborating with Novartis to discover and develop next-generation gene therapies for conditions like spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Under terms of the agreement, Novartis will obtain a target-exclusive license to Voyager’s TRACER capsids for SMA and Huntington’s disease, and it will…

Top 10 SMA stories of 2023

Throughout 2023, SMA News Today brought you the most up-to-date news on scientific breakthroughs and treatment advances related to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). These are the top 10 most-read articles we published throughout that year, with a brief reminder of what made them relevant to the SMA community. We…