Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Ambulatory SMA patients on Spinraza show walking gains

More than 1 in 4 ambulatory spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients experienced clinically meaningful improvements in walking ability after being treated with Spinraza (nusinersen), according to an analysis of real-world findings in Europe. “Our data demonstrate a positive effect of [Spinraza] treatment on motor function in ambulant pediatric and…

SMA treatment videos on YouTube vary as source of solid information

Some videos on YouTube, particularly in-depth ones made by healthcare professionals, provide high-quality and reliable information about treatments for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a new study highlights. But many of the examined videos concerning SMA treatments are neither high quality nor reliable, the researchers found, adding importance to identifying…

Diagnosis Through Newborn Screening Yields Better Outcomes

Newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), coupled with early access to disease-modifying therapies, can improve the likelihood that children with the disease will be able to walk, a new study suggests. Also, fewer patients in the newborn screening group tended to require ventilatory or feeding support,…

Top 10 SMA Stories of 2022

The team at SMA News Today brought you daily coverage of the latest developments in treatment and advancements in research related to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in 2022. We look forward to continuing to serve the SMA community in the new year. Here we’ve compiled a list of…