Changing Places: Funding For Hospitals

07 February 2020 / Posted in: Information, Support

As of January 2020, £500,000 of the £2 million fund provided by the Department of Health and Social Care has now been allocated for 16 new Changing Places toilets being installed at hospitals. The rest of the fund is open to new applications from NHS Hospital Trusts in England.

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User Interviews re: the Redevelopment of the UK National Screening Committee Website

07 February 2020 / Posted in: Information, Support

Public Health England (PHE) Digital is conducting this research and is seeking volunteers to provide feedback. Those who take part will receive a £50 voucher to thank them for their time.

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Roche’s Risdiplam Showed Significant Improvement in Motor Function in People who have SMA Type 2 or 3

06 February 2020 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Their SUNFISH trial showed change from the baseline in the primary endpoint of the Motor Function Measure scale was significantly greater in people treated with risdiplam, compared to the placebo. The Revised Upper Limb Module also showed an improvement.

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The Great North Run for Abigail The Great North Run for Abigail

30 January 2020 / Posted in: Help Us

Hazel is running the Great North Run this year in memory of Abigail.

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Roche’s Risdiplam Meets Primary Endpoint in pivotal FIREFISH Trial in Infants who have SMA Type 1

23 January 2020 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Roche have put out a press release showing positive endpoint results from their FIREFISH study of risdiplam with infants aged 1-7 months who have SMA Type 1.

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New Survey Launched to Understand Activity Needs of Disabled Children

16 January 2020 / Posted in: Information, Support

The ukactive Research Institute has announced a three-year research project with national disability charity, Sense, to understand better the needs of parents and families of disabled children. Survey closes 15th March.

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Novartis Provided an Update on its Phase 1/2 Study in SMA Type 1

15 January 2020 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Like Roche’s risdiplam (RG7916), branaplam (LMI070) is a small molecule drug that increases the amount of SMN protein made by the SMN2 gene. The study is progressing well, with a total of 29 infants receiving the study treatment.

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Scholar Rock Summarises Progress To Date With SRK-015

14 January 2020 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

SRK-015 is an experimental therapy directed at the muscle, that aims to reverse or restrict the atrophy and weakness experienced by SMA patients. Here, Scholar Rock summarise the latest progress.

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Roche Announces Global Compassionate Use Programme for Risdiplam

13 January 2020 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

This very positive development enables those who have SMA Type 1 global access to this promising treatment, with plans to expand access to those with SMA Type 2 later in the year. Roche UK has issued a statement with all the relevant information for UK patients.

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Do you or someone in your family have SMA Type 3? Are you / they currently not eligible for nusinersen treatment via the NHS?

10 January 2020 / Posted in: Treatments & Research

Complete our survey(s) by 16th February to let us and the other patient groups (MDUK and TreatSMA) know what impact this has had on you / your family.

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