Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

IVIG during pregnancy found to ease MG symptoms in newborn

Treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) during pregnancy may have helped ease symptoms of a fetal disorder in a girl born to a mother with myasthenia gravis (MG), according to a report from Germany. The woman’s firstborn had developed severe FARAD (or fetal acetylcholine receptor antibody-related disorder), which occurs…

Povetacicept may be superior to current MG treatments: Early study

The experimental treatment povetacicept (ALPN-303) may be more effective than current available treatments for myasthenia gravis (MG), according to preclinical data from Alpine Immune Sciences, which is developing the therapy. Specifically, povetacicept outperformed Vyvgart (efgartigimod) and off-label rituximab at reducing disease activity in a mouse model of the…

MG linked to lower quality of life, more use of medical care

People with myasthenia gravis (MG) experience a lower health-related quality-of-life impact, face a higher medical burden, and require more assistance from caregivers compared with the general population, according to data pulled from two international studies. MG patients also were more likely to take sick leave from work and to…