SMA and Sleep Quality

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by Wendy Henderson |

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In this FightSMA video shared in June 2011, meet Dr. Nanci Yuan who is a board certified pediatric pulmonologist and also a sleep medicine physician.  Yuan shares about how poor sleep quality affects children with spinal muscular atrophy and their caregivers.

Learn all about the new exoskeleton designed to specifically give children who suffer from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) a chance to stand up and walk.

Children with SMA are more likely to experience fragmented sleep, usually because of pain or respiratory issues such as sleep apnea.  Caregivers whose sleep is affected due to waking to care for the child, can eventually develop health and emotional issues that could trickle down to the entire family.

Meet the Kingsley family and 6-year-old Brett who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1 when he was just a baby.

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