Child motor neurone disease treatment clue
BBC News | February 26, 2012
Scottish research has shown it could be possible to reverse the muscle damage seen in children with a form of motor neurone disease.
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) – ‘floppy baby syndrome’ – is the leading genetic cause of death in children.
It affects one in 6,000 births, but 50% of those with the most severe form die before the age of two.
The University of Edinburgh mouse study suggests a drug could boost levels of a protein and so reverse muscle damage.
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