Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disorder characterized by loss of motor neurons, leading to weakness and wasting of muscles used for activities such as crawling, walking, sitting up, and controlling head movement. In severe cases of SMA, the muscles used for breathing and swallowing are affected. This devastating disorder affects approximately 1 in 10,000 births and is the most common genetic cause of infant mortality. SMA is caused by deletions or mutations in a gene that leads to a deficiency of survival motor neuron (SMN) protein; this protein is critical for the maintenance of motor neurons. The severity of SMA is directly related to the amount of SMN protein.
Once a year, the healthcare leadership of all branches of our military services come together to learn, network, and interact with its vendors and suppliers. The conference provides an opportunity to discuss issues and problems, share potential solutions and best practices, affirm the mission, and gain clarity and plan for the Military Health System’s (MHS) vision and direction for the future. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard were all represented.
by Cici Collins, Vice President Government Services, Hayes, Inc.
If you’re attending the 2012 Military Health System (MHS) Conference on January 30 to February 2, 2012, stop by and visit us at Booth #424. We’ll be sharing our expertise and capabilities to support evidence-based, patient-centered initiatives that concentrate on ways to best serve the preventive and healthcare needs of the diverse beneficiary population served by the MHS.