Research that has just been published on the ninth of this month in Science Translation Medicine, has demonstrated that novel gene transfer system has the promise to furnish an efficient therapeutic treatment for SMA patients.
Children who are currently enduring this disease are confirmed to prosper in this new ground breaking therapy developed by the researchers at the University of Sheffield.
Spinal muscle atrophy is a set of inherited muscle diseases that cause on going muscle degeneration and weakness, that ends in death. This disease effects children. Unfortunately, it has no known cure and requires on going medical care.
The researchers that were led by Professor Mimoum Azzouz, conducted a test to see if novel gene replacement theory applied with one injection was the most effective method to treat the disease in a group of mice. Researchers discovered that the injection which expelled SMA gene, favorably recovered the SMA protein to regular levels and lessened the symptoms in the SMA model.
This brand new approach has the possibility to establish a single injection, and without needing any risky and expensive surgical interventions, and has gained the utmost therapeutic effects noted in the field to date. This has powerful indications for future treatments of SMA.
Professor Azzouz who is in the University’s department of neuroscience, state he is elated at by the result after many years of attempts to attack this raving disease. These findings put science a little closer to favorable gene therapy treatments for SMA patients.
There are alternative therapies to provide relief for the disease. Some are as follows:
This treatment is immensely effective for muscle weakness. Studies have shown noted improvements in the quality of daily living and pain management.
A immense number of case studies, eighty in all. The main formula used for treatments was Yisui Tang, which contains herbs such as tortoise shell, peony and rehmannia. According to the report in 59 cases that were presented, symptoms were alleviated, muscles restored along with muscle function. Out of the 59 cases 25 improved, 18 immensely improved and 8 had no signs of improvement.
Case studies have been done as to the effectiveness of chiropractic care for spinal muscular atrophy. It has been documented to help greatly decrease the pain. Such therapies applied can include spinal manipulation, joint mobilization techniques, myofascial and trigger point therapies.
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