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The quest to cure spinal muscular atrophy still has many years to go, but the signs of progress are unmistakable

posted on August 29, 2013 - 10:37am
A Closer Look: SMA Slideshow August is often referred to as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month, but for MDA, work on finding treatments for this degenerative disease — and providing assistance to individuals and families affected by it — is a year-round event. Today, research aimed at slowing, stopping or even preventing spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is advancing with more speed...

Research studies in mice using two markedly different strategies both resulted in increased life span

posted on March 14, 2012 - 9:09am
Below are highlights of two recent studies in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease in which the nerve cells that control muscles (motor neurons) in the spinal cord die, causing progressive weakness in the voluntary muscles.