Magdalena is a writer with a passion for bridging the gap between the people performing research, and those who want or need to understand it. She writes about medical science and drug discovery. She holds an MS in Pharmaceutical Bioscience and a PhD — spanning the fields of psychiatry, immunology, and neuropharmacology — from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.
Researchers may finally have figured out why a loss in the SMN protein that is crucial for all cells so quickly affects motor neurons, leading infants to develop spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). ... Read more
Lowering levels of a newly identified protein, in combination with a splice-modifying therapy, improved symptoms and survival in animal models of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), according to a recent ... Read more
Patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) are at risk of developing the metabolic disorder ketoacidosis, a less recognized complication that is easy to treat, according to a case study. ... Read more
Researchers may have discovered a new treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Identifying a molecule that prevents the SMN2 gene from being read by protein-making machinery, they then showed ... Read more
Researchers have become quite good at making stem cells grow into neurons in the lab, even without fully understanding the actual cellular processes that accompany the transition. Now, a study describes ... Read more
Blocking molecules that normally act as muscle degrading factors may offer a treatment approach for milder forms of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), demonstrated in experiments with a mouse model of SMA ... Read more