Author Archives: Wendy Henderson

A Look At the Different Types of SMA

It’s important to continue to raise awareness of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and of course, to raise money for vital research into improving treatment, better understanding of the disease, and working towards finding a cure. MORE: Why physical activity is important if you have SMA. There are many different types…

Caring for a Child With SMA When They Have a Cold

According to Cure SMA, there are several areas of care that need to be taken into consideration when looking after a child with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) when they have a cold. These areas include: Evaluating mucus buildup and secretion mobilization When children with SMA have a cold,…

5 Rare Types of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disease that causes muscle weakness. According to Spinal Muscular Support UK, there are various forms of the disease that affect different parts of the body and vary in severity. We’ve put together a list of some of the rarer forms of the disease: Distal…

Spinal Cord Delivery Options for SMA Drugs and Therapies

Many medications and therapies for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) need to reach the spinal cord to be effective. However, this can be quite difficult to achieve as many medications have trouble crossing the blood-brain barrier that protects the spinal cord. Some drugs and therapies are able to cross the barrier, but others such…