August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month.
Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy has been coordinating a National Awareness Month for SMA since 1996.
Raising awareness of SMA in the general pulic can help lead to increased resources for SMA research and
better care for SMA patients. The majority of people, including doctors, nurses and community members,
do not know about SMA until it directly affects them. This is where you can help.
LifeScience Moment: FDA requested help in removing "X-33 Water Repellent" from the market.
On August 30, 1964, the FDA requested help in removing "X-33 Water Repellent" from the market. The extremely flammable product had caused three
deaths and more than 30 injuries through flash explosions, in many cases while it was being used in home basements to waterproof masonry.
Federal oversight of consumer products such as X-33 and many other items used in the home was transferred to the newly created Consumer Product
Safety Commission in 1973. One class of consumer products still regulated by the FDA is radiation-emitting products.
Life Science Evolution...
It's a Small World
"Science is not formal logic–it needs the free play of the mind in as great a degree as any other creative art. It is true that this is a gift which can hardly be taught, but its growth can be encouraged in those who already posses it."
Max Born, German Physicist, (Nobel Laureate, 1954)