Below are highlights of two recent studies in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a disease in which the nerve cells (motor neurons) that control muscles in the spinal cord die, causing progressive weakness in the voluntary muscles.
Decision making about preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a complex, multiphase process for couples, a new study has found. Understanding it, the investigators say, may be helpful to prospective parents who know they're at risk for transmitting a genetic disorder, and to the professionals who advise them.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is a peripheral nerve disorder that can be caused by mutations in more than 50 different genes. Recent research has resulted in several new tools that will help advance the work of researchers in this field.
Milda is an established artist and designer whose work has been used on greeting cards. She's published two books of humorous drawings and illustrates children's books. Milda has taught art for 16 years.
Haleigh served as the MDA National Goodwill Ambassador in 1968-69. Her mother was an artist and encouraged Haleigh in art as a child. When the effects of the CMT caused a loss of dexterity in her hands, she was inspired to create artwork using computer programs. Haleigh has exhibited works in galleries in the Royal Oak area.