Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

Spinraza Improves Motor Function in SMA Type 3 Children, Too

About one year of treatment with Spinraza (nusinersen) effectively prevents or reverses motor function decline in children and adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 3, according to real-world data from an international registry. Notably, when compared with an external group of untreated patients, who always showed negative changes in…

Stem Cell Therapy May Benefit Some Type 1 Infants

Treatment with human fat tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) may improve motor nerve cell health and survival in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, according to data from a small Phase 1 clinical trial in Iran. Notably, the stem cell treatment appeared to have effectively slowed disease progression…

NICE Initially Against Adding Evrysdi to UK Public Health System

The initial position of England’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is to recommend against adding Roche’s Evrysdi (risdiplam) to the list of medications available to spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients through the country’s national health service (NHS). Lack of evidence of Evrysdi’s efficacy in babies genetically diagnosed…

Neurofilaments May Not Be Biomarker for Older Patients

The blood levels of neurofilaments — a marker of nerve cell damage — may serve as a disease onset and treatment response biomarker in infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, but not in older patients with milder disease forms, a study suggests. These findings add to previous studies…