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Daily, digital coverage of the latest SMA news and perspectives.

Daily, digital coverage of the latest SMA news and perspectives.

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United States

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Daily, digital coverage of the latest SMA news and perspectives.

Language:

English


Episodes

Assistive Devices Should Be Standard in Managing SMA Type 1 & I’m Grateful for My Friends

2/23/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses assistive devices which should be standard in managing Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1. Forums Director Kevin Schaefer talks about the close friends in his life, and how these relationships connect to his place in the rare disease community. To learn more about spinal muscular atrophy, visit our website at http://www.smanewstoday.com.

Duration:00:11:46

Quantitative MRI Is Sensitive Measure of Muscle Decline

2/21/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses quantitative MRI imaging showing itself to be a sensitive measure of decline in young adults with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Now that various treatments are available for SMA, it can be easy to forget that many individuals are starting treatment for the very first time. Alyssa Silva’s latest column details her feelings as others start their journeys. SMA News Today content creator DeAnn Runge reads, “My Hopes and Fears...

Duration:00:10:57

Spinraza Improves Motor Function in Case of Teenager with Late-onset SMA

2/18/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses how Spinraza improves motor function in the case of a teenager with late-onset Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA News Today content creator DeAnn Runge shares a discussion she had regarding accessibility. Despite having come a long way where accessibility is concerned not everyone feels it’s worthwhile. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit https://smanewstoday.com/

Duration:00:07:34

A ‘Miracle’: Spinraza Gives Boy a Chance to Grow Up & Life Is an Adventure, So Let’s Be Pioneers

2/16/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses a “miracle” when Spinraza gives a boy, now 5 years old, a chance to grow up fast and show good progress. Also, forums Director Kevin Schaefer reads a column by Ari Anderson about being a pioneer with SMA. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit https://smanewstoday.com/

Duration:00:14:05

#76: Discussing Treatment Updates, Vaccine Access, and Recent Columns

2/15/2021
In episode 76, host Kevin Schaefer talks with fellow SMA News Today contributor DeAnn Runge. They discuss news regarding increasing the dosage of Spinraza in SMA patients, updates on Scholar Rock’s treatment, and an upcoming career webinar series from Cure SMA. Kevin and DeAnn also discuss mental and emotional health amid the pandemic, as well as access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Finally, they highlight some recent columns from our main website. ================================ Links to news...

Duration:00:50:16

EMBRACE Trial Supports Spinraza’s Benefits in Broad Range of SMA Patients

2/14/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses the EMBRACE Trial which supports Spinraza’s benefits in a broad range of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) patients. Also, DeAnn Runge welcomes new SMA News Today columnist, Sherry Toh, by reading her debut article, "Welcome to ‘Wandering the Lines,’ Our Journey Into the Unknown". Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit https://smanewstoday.com/

Duration:00:12:26

NORD’s 6th ‘State Report Card’ Notes Progress, Raises Concerns

2/11/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) 6th “state report card”, noting progress, but raising concerns. Plus, closing in on a year after the global pandemic emerged DeAnn Runge shares her thoughts on receiving one of the first vaccines available. She also points out seeing societies inequities during vaccine distribution. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit...

Duration:00:07:58

Rare Disease Groups, Pharmas Join SMA Europe Push for Newborn Screening

2/9/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses rare disease groups and pharmaceutical companies, joining SMA Europe in a push for newborn screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Forums Director Kevin Schaefer shares his thoughts on “Disability Visibility,” a collection of first-person essays from a wide range of disabled authors. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit https://smanewstoday.com/

Duration:00:07:38

Motor Function, Breathing Important in Choosing Treatment

2/7/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses improvement in motor function, breathing, and ease of administration are important factors when Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) patients and caregivers decide on treatment options. Plus, recent conversations in the SMA News Today forums include the efficacy of the new vaccines in combination with some SMA treatments. Also what to expect when starting Evrysdi and managing any side effects. Recent podcasts and columns are being...

Duration:00:08:23

More Severe COVID-19 Symptoms Seen in Children with SMA Type 1

2/4/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses more severe COVID-19 symptoms being seen in children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1. Also, vlogger and forums moderator DeAnn Runge talks about her upcoming Dose of DeAnn vlog where she ventures out of what she refers to as hibernation. She shares where she went and why she decided to go as well as encourages viewers to surround themselves with what makes them happy. Are you interested in learning more about spinal...

Duration:00:07:28

Better Ways of Capturing Progression in Types 2 and 3 Identified in Study

2/2/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses better ways of capturing progression of motor abilities in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Types 2 and 3. Forums Director Kevin Schaefer talks about the struggles of being a disabled extrovert during a pandemic. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit https://smanewstoday.com/

Duration:00:10:09

#75: Alvaro Cheherlian, Founder and CEO of Wrekt Svpply

2/1/2021
In episode 75, host Kevin Schaefer talks with Alvaro Cheherlian from Sylmar, California. Alvaro is the founder and CEO of Wrekt Svpply, a clothing brand company. He talks about building his business, growing up with SMA Type 2, and his love for coffee and heavy metal. Also, Kevin and Alvaro take some time to geek out on movies and Marvel television. ================================ Link to Alvaro’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_hotwheelz/ ================================ Wrekt Svpply...

Duration:00:38:44

Cure SMA Booklet Outlines Possible Risks, Benefits of Combining Treatments

1/31/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses a Cure SMA booklet which outlines the possible risks and benefits of combining treatments for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Also, several topics are being hashed over on the forums. Among them include breaking in a new wheelchair, frustrations with bureaucratic red tape, reflecting on being homebound for the last year, finding a new PCP and of course the ever popular topic of Evrysdi. Are you interested in learning more...

Duration:00:06:54

TOPAZ Trial Results on Muscle Therapy Likely by June, Scholar Rock Says

1/28/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses the TOPAZ trial results expected in June on a muscle-directed therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Plus, staying social during a pandemic isn’t easy. Cure SMA has found a way for the SMA community to connect during these difficult times. DeAnn Runge shares her experience with one of the adult online socials hosted by Cure SMA. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit...

Duration:00:06:18

Resolutions, Mindsets and Emotions & Transitioning SMA Patients From Older To Newer Wheelchairs

1/26/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, reads the column by Halsey Blocher, From Where I Sit, “Advice From a Life Coach: Resolutions, Mindsets, and Emotions”. Forums Director Kevin Schaefer reads from an article on our HCP site about transitioning to a new wheelchair. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit https://smanewstoday.com/

Duration:00:07:47

Online for 2021, Team Cure SMA Race Series Planning Variety of Events

1/24/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses the Team Cure SMA endurance race series moving online in the current pandemic, and expecting more people to join. Also, Vlogger and Forums Moderator, DeAnn Runge shares an overview of recent SMA News Today columns. She finds each of them relatable to her life living with SMA. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit https://smanewstoday.com/

Duration:00:05:45

Zolgensma Approved to Treat Young SMA Patients in Canada

1/21/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses a Spinraza Phase 4 trial to treat children who failed to respond to gene therapy. DeAnn Runge shares her experience obtaining her first dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please visit https://smanewstoday.com/

Duration:00:07:44

Keeping Your Child with SMA in School During the Cold and Flu Season & Soaring With Hope

1/19/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses strategies to keep your child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in school during the cold and flu season. Forums Director Kevin Schaefer reads the introductory column from our newest writer, Ari Anderson. To learn more about spinal muscular atrophy, visit our website at www.smanewstoday.com.

Duration:00:08:57

#74: Interview with Katie Napiwocki and Andy Rusch, Interabled Couple

1/18/2021
In episode 74, host Kevin Schaefer talks with Katie Napiwocki and Andy Rusch from Wisconsin Rapids. Katie is a columnist for SMA News Today, and her partner Andy is also her primary caregiver. Listen to the story of how they met at MDA camp and learned about the nuances of being in an interabled relationship. ================================ Link to Katie’s column: https://smanewstoday.com/category/a-wildflower-in-the-wheelderness-a-column-by-katie-napiwocki/ ================================...

Duration:00:32:30

New Cure SMA Webinar Series to Focus on Health, Wellness & Let's Talk About Sex and SMA

1/17/2021
SMA News Today’s multimedia associate, Price Wooldridge, discusses the Cure SMA three-part webinar series on wellness topics for the Spinal Muscular Atrophy community. Typically a taboo topic, sex and SMA isn’t discussed often. Forum members and columnists have stepped up to the plate to open the discussion on dating and relationships, helping break the stigma that those with disabilities aren’t sexual beings. Are you interested in learning more about spinal muscular atrophy? If so, please...

Duration:00:05:27