Author Archives: Ana Pena, PhD

Swallowing and Speech Problems Common Across SMA Types, Study Finds

Swallowing and speech problems are common in both children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and evident across disease types, a study reports. The most common bulbar complaints irrespective of SMA type are difficulties in biting, fatigue while chewing, choking, and a weak speaking voice. (Bulbar refers to…

Delivering Spinraza to Patients with ‘Complex Spines’ Possible Using Different Puncture Route, Study Says

An alternative form of intrathecal (via the spinal canal) injection, called a transforaminal puncture, is a safe and effective way of delivering Spinraza (nusinersen) to spinal muscular atrophy patients whose scoliosis makes standard spinal injections difficult, according to real-world data from the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The study, “The Complex…