Author Archives: Mary Chapman

Variety of Events Mark SMA Awareness Month in August

From candlelighting events to storytelling, efforts to mark Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month, observed each August, are underway to heighten awareness of the rare genetic disease and raise funds to fight it. Supporters are participating in a range of activities such as changing their social media profile photo, sharing…

Iowa Adds SMA as Pilot Program for Newborn Screening

The Iowa Department of Public Health has begun a pilot effort to screen newborns for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Babies born in Iowa are now being screened for more than 40 inherited disorders, with a goal of identifying conditions that, if caught early, can be treated or cured.

Illinois Expands Newborn Screening to Include SMA

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) now includes spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) as part of its newborn screening effort. The addition of SMA — the 49th disorder in the state’s screening program — means that every baby born in Illinois will be tested for the autosomal recessive…

3 New Spinraza Treatment Sites Added for SMA Patients in England

Adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) can now receive treatment with Spinraza (nusinersen) at three new sites in England. With the addition of these centers, there are now 11 National Health Service Foundation Trust sites across the country that offer the disease-modifying therapy developed by Biogen,…