Andrea Lobo,  —

Andrea Lobo is a Science writer at BioNews. She holds a Biology degree and a PhD in Cell Biology/Neurosciences from the University of Coimbra-Portugal, where she studied stroke biology. She was a postdoctoral and senior researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health in Porto, in drug addiction, studying neuronal plasticity induced by amphetamines. As a research scientist for 19 years, Andrea participated in academic projects in multiple research fields, from stroke, gene regulation, cancer, and rare diseases. She authored multiple research papers in peer-reviewed journals. She shifted towards a career in science writing and communication in 2022.

Articles by Andrea Lobo

Switching from plasma exchange to Vyvgart well tolerated, effective

Switching from maintenance therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) to Vyvgart (efgartigimod) appeared to be well tolerated and effective for people with myasthenia gravis (MG), a short report suggests. “The good clinical response of this patient cohort, together with greater accessibility and convenience of infusion-based therapy, are notable advantages…

MG flares affect sizable number of patients in US, despite treatment

Despite treatment, people with myasthenia gravis (MG) in the U.S. continue to experience exacerbations — episodes of disease worsening that may require urgent treatment and hospitalization — that carry high clinical and economic costs. That’s according to a large retrospective analysis of claims data for patients with employer-based commercial…

Serum fibrinogen may be a universal biomarker for MG: Study

High levels of serum fibrinogen were found to be a sensitive and specific biomarker to identify people with myasthenia gravis (MG), according to a recent study. Fibrinogen is a plasma protein that participates in blood clotting and is usually not present in the serum. In MG patients, residual fibrinogen…

Vyvgart now approved in Canada for adults with AChR-related gMG

Health Canada has approved Vyvgart (efgartigimod alfa-fcab) to treat adults with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) who are positive for antibodies targeting the acetylcholine receptor (AChR), the most common target of MG-causing antibodies. The approval is based on positive data from the Phase 3 ADAPT clinical trial (NCT03669588),…

Folia expands patient-reported platform to MG

Folia Health is expanding the use of its smartphone app for gathering self-reported patient health data to people with myasthenia gravis (MG) and other neurological conditions. Patients’ daily experiences will contribute to obtaining comprehensive data on disease progression and treatment response, which are expected to contribute to improving…

Pregnant women with MG at higher risk of complications: Review study

Pregnant women with myasthenia gravis (MG) are particularly susceptible to severe disease-related complications, usually caused by generalized muscle weakness, which can put the mother and child at risk, according to a recent review study. Newborns should also be monitored for symptoms of transient neonatal MG, a form of…

Ad Scientiam launches program to develop gMG digital biomarkers

Ad Scientiam has launched a program to develop and validate new digital biomarkers for self-assessing patients with generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG). The launch was announced on Rare Disease Day, Feb. 28, and is supported by Alexion, AstraZeneca Rare Disease. “Easy-to-use digital tools have the potential to generate reliable…