FAQ - Spinal Muscular Atrophies of Childhood
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Is it possible for a newborn to be diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

Is it possible for a newborn to be diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy if there was never any family history of SMA? The parents do not even carry recessive genes of SMA.
I've researched SMA and I've read that it can only be inherited.

Usually nobody in the family even knows that they carry the gene. The way the check is through a blood test and what they are checking for is if the child is missing the Survival Motor Neuron. My precious baby boy had Spinal Muscular Atrophy and I can tell you we had no family histroy of it either. If somebody you know has it or you think might have it I promise I'll keep them in our prayers. God Bless   (+ info)

Why is Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy nicknamed Kennedy's disease?

I am having to do a Biology research project on Kennedy's disease, Spinal Bulbar Muscular Atrophy. I was wondering why SBMA was given the nickname Kennedy's disease. Any information relating to this mystery would be so helpful! thanks!
Nevermind. I found the answer I was looking for. But if you know any interesting facts about this disease please share!

Dr. William Kennedy is now retired, but still interested in spinal bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA). Last winter, he wrote the Kennedy's Disease Association and commented, "
"I am amazed at the wonderful support that the KDA gives to the men and families affected by KD. The progress made by current research on animal models of KD and by therapeutic trials gives reason to hope that the disease that I described 40 years ago will finally be conquered."

Many people are still misdiagnosed today (most often as ALS). This link talks a little about that:

The genetics side of KD is interesting. In this link I try to explain it further: http://kennedysdisease.blogspot.com/2010/01/genetic-counseling-helps-to-answer-many.html

IGF-1 is a pretty exciting potential treatment for KD. If the next round of testing goes well, we could have a clinical trial by the end of the year. These two links explains it further: http://kennedysdisease.blogspot.com/2010/01/delaying-motor-neurone-disease.html

This is an interesting story about the need for educating care givers: http://kennedysdisease.blogspot.com/2009/09/education-and-awareness.html

There is quite a bit of information on the KDA web site.
I hope this helps.  (+ info)

How can I get the medicine for baby with spinal muscular athropy?

I had a niece, she's 17 months old. she has been in the hospital for 7 months until now. The doctor said that she had spinal muscular athropy (SMA). they said there is no medicine for her. Is that true? Is baby with SMA cannot be healed? What should we do?

http://www.curesma.org/ Here is a real link, with real answers for your concerns. I have never heard of this, so the best help I can give you is from a website that specializes in it. Good luck, God bless.  (+ info)

What is the average life span for people with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2?

in the 20's  (+ info)

How close are scientists to finding a cure for SMA? (Spinal Muscular Atrophy?)?

And how close are we to having a cure available, that is, after experimentation and stuff.

well, there is a few potential treatments in the works.. without going into details, id say, at the minimum, 2 - 3 years, after clinical trials and stuff, if all successful  (+ info)

How long can a child live with type one SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy)?

SMA is a genetic disease characterized by progressive muscle weakening and loss. Because the muscles controlling breathing are affected by the disease, SMA can cause premature death. Life expectancy of SMA tends to vary by SMA type, which is generally associated with age of onset of symptoms. Children diagnosed with SMA Type I may survive for up to two years or longer, depending on their individual strength. Children with moderate to mild forms of SMA (SMA Types II and III) generally live into adulthood and could have normal life expectancy. Good multidisciplinary care, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, and nutritional support, can improve quality and length of life for people with SMA and is recommended. Planning for medical emergencies is also strongly suggested.

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Does Spinal Muscular Atrophy affect the Central Neuroscience System?

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I am looking for information on muscular disease in the muscles surrounding the spinal cord?

I was told today that I have a muscular disease in the muscles surrounding my vertebre, and I cannot remember the name of it. I have pain constantly in my muscles in my neck which I am not able to move up or down or turn my head. Muscle weakness in arms and legs and continual pain. They said it was rare in females.

perhaps amyotropic lateral sclerosis  (+ info)

What specialist should I see, in UK, to alleviate a spinal cord impingement, which is causing organ & muscular?

organ and muscular (especially diaphragm) weakness due to nerve interference
Knowledgeable answers only!

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how does pregnancy affect someone with spinal muscular atrophy?

More stress on the lower back . It will be a "long " pregnancy . Your doctor will probably give you several epidural injections . Don't worry , the baby won't be harmed ..  (+ info)

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