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

Soliris May Be Safe, Effective for Rituximab-refractory gMG

Soliris (eculizumab) appears to be safe and effective for patients with hard-to-treat generalized myasthenia gravis (gMG) who have acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibodies, a study has found. Its benefits were extended to a particular group of patients from the Phase 3 REGAIN clinical trial and its extension study who were treated…

Myasthenic Crisis During Sedation Leads to Diagnosis

A recent case report describes an elderly woman who was first diagnosed with myasthenia gravis (MG) after experiencing a myasthenic crisis while being sedated for a surgical procedure. “This case reports a form of discovery of [a] myasthenic crisis outside the usual circumstance,” its authors wrote. “The prognosis depends…

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.

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,…