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Monday, August 7, 2017

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of death in babies under the age of 2. SMA can affect all families no matter their ethniticity. Families do not have to have prior history of the disease. Newborns born with SMA at first appear healthy. With time these babies appear to have lack of muscular development and that it is debilitating. Muscle weakness often leads to respiratory failure and failure to thrive. 

Fast Facts about SMA

SMA is the number one genetic killer of children under two.
One in 40 people carry the gene that causes SMA.
One in 6,000 babies are born with SMA.
There is usually no previous family history.
SMA affects people of all races and genders.
The National Institute of Health selected SMA as the disease closest to a treatment of nearly 600 neurological disorders.

Researchers believe that a treatment will be found within the next 5 years with the proper resources.

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