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Breathing problems during sleep often mistaken for apnea in SMA

People with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) may experience bouts of breathlessness during sleep that can look at first glance like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but is not associated with a blockage of the airways that defines the sleep disorder, a case study highlights. Distinguishing between true sleep apnea and…

Early DMTs may slow scoliosis progression in SMA type 2

Disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) may slow the progression of an abnormal curvature of the spine in people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 2, a study reported. For those patients treated early, especially ones with no or minimal scoliosis, these findings were particularly significant, according to “Early treatment of…

Newborns treated with Evrysdi sit unassisted after 1 year

After a year of treatment with oral Evrysdi (risdiplam), 80% of babies with pre-symptomatic spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) were able to sit without support for at least five seconds. The findings met the primary outcome measure of RAINBOWFISH, a Phase 2 clinical trial (NCT03779334) evaluating the therapy…