Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

Family History Can Be Key in Identifying Silent Carriers of SMA

A family and medical history examination was crucial in the genetic counseling given a 28-year-old pregnant woman with two previous children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), whose standard genetic testing classified her as a non-carrier of the disease, a case study shows. This case highlights the limitations of standard carrier…

Top 10 SMA Stories of 2021

SMA News Today brought you daily coverage of the latest scientific findings, treatment developments, and clinical trials related to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) throughout 2021. As a reminder of what mattered most to you during this year, here are the top 10 most-read articles of 2021 with a brief description of…

Wheelchair Hockey Linked to Physical, Psychological Gains in Men

Playing wheelchair hockey is associated with better psychological well-being, self-perception of physical abilities, and quality of life in men with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a small study in Italy shows. These findings add to some previous studies reporting the health benefits of adaptive sports…

Team Behind Evrysdi Win 2 Prestigious ‘Drug Discovery’ Awards

The team of researchers who discovered and developed Evrysdi (risdiplam) — the first at-home oral therapy for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) — was selected as the winner of two prestigious treatment discovery awards. These are the Society for Medicines Research (SMR)’s 2021 Award for Drug Discovery and the British Pharmacological…