Ana is a molecular biologist with a passion for communication and discovery. As a science writer, her goal is to provide readers, in particular patients and healthcare providers, with clear and quality information about the latest medical advances. Ana holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she specialized in infectious diseases, epigenetics, and gene expression.
Muscle-specific microRNAs, small DNA-related molecules detectable in blood tests, may be biomarkers of disease progression and response to therapy in children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a small study ... Read more
R-Roscovitine, a small molecule that promotes calcium entry in nerve cells, restored neuron-muscle communication, reduced the loss of motor neurons, and prolonged the survival of mice with spinal muscular ... Read more
Spine surgery using magnetically controlled growing rods (MCGR) may be an option to correct spinal deformity, or scoliosis, in young children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and avoid the ... Read more
Combining Spinraza with low-dose panobinostat — the active substance in an approved treatment for a blood cancer — may amplify Spinraza’s effectiveness, increasing the production of the survival motor neuron ... Read more
A type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) allows unique tracking of nerve fibers and could be used to detail changes in the spinal nerve ... Read more