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Study unravels new clues to cause and treatment of spinal muscular atrophy


News-Medical.net - May 16, 2017
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive muscle wasting and paralysis, may be partly due to abnormalities in the synapses that connect sensory neurons and motor neurons, according to researchers at Columbia ...
 

Spinal muscular atrophy: New clues to cause and treatment


Medical Xpress - May 15, 2017
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive muscle wasting and paralysis, may be partly due to abnormalities in the synapses that connect sensory neurons and motor neurons, according to researchers at Columbia ...
 

Insurer relents, will cover costly muscular atrophy drug for all patients


The Boston Globe - May 2, 2017
Neighborhood Health Plan will cover a costly new drug for any member with spinal muscular atrophy, reversing a policy that limited coverage to patients with the most severe form of the disease. The insurer said Tuesday that its turnabout was based on ...
 

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Laughing at My Nightmare


by: Shane Burcaw

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease.
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Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Disease Mechanisms and Therapy


Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Disease Mechanisms and Therapy provides the latest information on a condition that is characterized by motoneuron loss and muscle atrophy, and is the leading genetic cause of infant mortality. Since the identification of the gene responsible for SMA in 1995, there have been important advances in the basic understanding of disease mechanisms, and in therapeutic development.

This book provides a comprehensive accounting of recent advances in basic and clinical research that covers SMA clinical features and standards of care, multifaceted aspects of SMN protein functions and SMA disease pathology, various animal models, and biomarkers, as well as current therapeutic development.
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The Me in the Mirror


by: Connie Panzarino
Writer, activist and artist Connie Panzarino was born in 1947 with the rare disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type III, formerly called Amytonia Congenita. Throughout a childhood filled with both pain and joy, she strove to define herself: "I knew I was different. Now I had a name for the difference, like being Italian or Jewish. I was an Amytonia. I didn't understand if that meant that I would never walk, or if all it meant was lack of muscle tone. I didn't know that most children with this disease die before they're five years old.
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Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity


by: Ben Mattlin
"An insightful, poignant, light-hearted and often hilarious memoir" (Jay McInerney).  Ben Mattlin lives a normal, independent life. Why is that interesting? Because Mattlin was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a congenital muscle weakness from which he was expected to die in childhood. Not only did Mattlin survive, he became one of the first students in a wheelchair to attend Harvard, from which he graduated and became a professional writer. His advantage? Mattlin's life happened to parallel the growth of the disability rights movement, so that in many ways he did not feel he was disadvantaged at all, merely different.
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Spinal muscular atrophy - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology


What is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)? SMA's an autosomal recessive disorder that causes alpha motor neurons in the spinal cord to die, resulting in muscle ...
 

Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Canada


A short look at the lives of families affected by SMA - kids participating in outdoor fun - and expressing hope for their futures. An HD version is also available for ...
 

Roche in Spinal Muscular Atrophy


Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers and is associated with a high rate of childhood mortality in its most ...
 

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Nyberg: Spinal Muscular Atrophy Respiratory Distress (SMARD)


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