Author Archives: Margarida Maia

Exercise Program Improved Muscle, Physical Function

Muscle and physical function improved in patients with clinically stable myasthenia gravis (MG) who participated in an individually tailored six-month exercise program, a small study has found. The exercise program, which combined aerobic and resistance training with stretches, was well-tolerated by all participants. “Physical exercise is safe, effective, and…

Case Study: COVID-19 May Trigger MG, But Outcomes Can Be Good

An elderly man in India developed generalized myasthenia gravis (MG) after contracting COVID-19, but his condition improved after he was given adequate treatment, a case report described. This new case adds weight to eight other recent reports indicating that COVID-19 may trigger new-onset MG, with most cases occurring in…

Thymectomy May Be Better for Early-onset MG

Thymectomy – surgical removal of the thymus gland — may be a better option for treating patients with early-onset non-thymomatous myasthenia gravis (MG), a study has found. According to study data, the surgical procedure did not confer an added benefit over non-invasive treatment options for patients with late-onset disease.

Micro RNA Molecule miR-146a May Be Useful Diagnostic Marker

A micro RNA molecule called miR-146a was found at high levels in the blood of patients with myasthenia gravis (MG), and this is thought to contribute to disease development, a single-site study suggests. The findings put forward miR-146a as “a suitable candidate marker for diagnosing MG,” the researchers wrote.

MuSK-MG Tied to Poorer Outcomes in Myasthenic Crisis, Study Reports

Patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) and self-reactive antibodies against the muscle-specific kinase (MuSK) protein are more likely to have poorer outcomes when experiencing a myasthenic crisis than other MG patients, a study suggests. Outcomes linked to MuSK antibody production include longer periods of hospitalization or admittance to intensive care,…

Plasma Exchange May Be Safe, Effective as Short-term MG Therapy

A new type of plasma exchange treatment, called double-filtration plasmapheresis (DFPP), may be effective and safe for short-term relief of myasthenia gravis (MG) symptoms, a review study has found. These findings may have important clinical implications, especially for patients with severe or critical MG, the researchers noted. The review,…

2021 Myasthenia Gravis Survey Results

BioNews Survey Infographic

Myasthenia Gravis News conducted a survey from Feb. 11-March 28 to gain greater insight into the characteristics of the MG community and disease management. Results of the survey have now been published. Click on the image to view the infographic, and click here to read the story.