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2015 Researcher Meeting Promises Increased Understanding of SMA

Cure SMA, an organization dedicated to the treatment and cure of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), recently revealed novel studies presented during its annual researcher meeting. SMA is a genetically-determined neuromuscular disorder characterized by loss of specific spinal cord neurons, which causes weakness of the limbs and muscle degeneration. This leads to loss of voluntary muscle…

SMA May Be Caused by a Novel Gene Mutation, According to Case Study

Specific gene mutations can help shed light on the possible causes of diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Several genes have already been associated with the disorder. SMA is a genetically-determined neuromuscular disorder characterized by loss of specific spinal cord neurons, which causes weakness of the limbs and muscle degeneration. This leads…

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type I: SMA2 Gene May Determine Severity

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University Medical Center in New York have studied the characteristics of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type I in five infants with the disorder in a study titled Spectrum of neuropathophysiology in spinal muscular atrophy type I published in the Journal of…