August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) awareness month- a time to bring attention to this genetic disease that affects the nervous system and causes muscle weakness and atrophy. SMA is the leading genetic cause of death in infants and toddlers, and it affects people of all ages and races.
There are several types of SMA, and each one has different symptoms and severity. Some people with SMA can have a normal lifespan, while others may have a shorter lifespan and require medical assistance.
SMA is caused by a mutation in the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, which produces a protein that is essential for the survival of motor neurons. Without this protein, the motor neurons die, and the muscles become weak and atrophied.
While there is currently no cure for SMA, there are treatments available that can help manage the symptoms and improve quality of life. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for the best outcomes.
By raising awareness about SMA, we can help support those affected by the disease and fund research to find a cure. Let's spread the word and make a difference this SMA awareness month!
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