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SMA may affect some cognitive abilities in type 2 and 3 children

Intellectual disability is not common among children with type 2 and 3 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), but some aspects of cognitive function might be impaired in these children, according to a recent study. In particular, performance in specific tasks involving working memory — easily accessible information retained for a…

Smartphone tool able to capture daily SMA motor function changes

A novel smartphone sensor-based assessment tool is able to capture day-to-day changes in motor function in people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), according to a proof-of-concept study. The digital tasks are engaging and easy to complete for most SMA patients, and the results are reliable, matching those from established…

Dosing begins in Phase 2 study of NMD670 for SMA type 3

A first patient has been dosed in a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of NMD670, an oral treatment candidate for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 3, its developer, NMD Pharma, announced. Called SYNAPSE-SMA (NCT05794139), the trial is now recruiting adults, ages 18 to…

Technique simplifies, accelerates newborn screening process

Researchers in Turkey have developed a new method for screening newborn blood samples for mutations associated with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Compared with standard techniques, the new method showed 100% accuracy for detecting SMA-positive and negative samples, they said. The scientists believe their approach, which is simpler and involves…

Economic burden shifting in US after arrival of SMA treatments

Children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) treated with Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec) used fewer healthcare resources and had lower medical costs than children on Spinraza (nusinersen), but they had higher SMA treatment costs, according to a recent U.S. analysis. Overall, healthcare costs for SMA patients using these disease-modifying…