Medical Breakthroughs

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Optimism:  the harder you fall, the higher you bounce.

  • January 31, 2000     Medical researchers announced a critical break through in the understanding of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, that may lead to a cure for the disease!  Researchers replicated the disease in mice and demonstrated that SMA could be corrected by large amounts of the SMN2 protein.  This may help to reduce the effects of this devastating disease, and be able to reverse the impact of SMA!

  • March 2000     Researchers announce SMA Mouse Model.  This mouse model will allow researchers to continue to study SMA at a molecular level.  It will also be used to identify and test therapeutic strategies and the effectiveness of compounds discovered in the high-throughput drug screening.

  • August 24, 2000     Breakthrough announced that may identify types of therapeutic approaches for SMA.  This research identifies a way to stimulate production of the SMN2 protein in animals.

  • November, 2000     Scientists at Johns Hopkins report restored movement to newly paralyzed rodents by injecting stem cells into the animals' spinal fluid!  "This research may lead most immediately to improved treatments for patients with paralyzing motor neuron diseases, such as SMA."  Jeffrey Rothstein, M.D., PhD.



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