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Cells were fixed with 4% paraformaldehyde (PFA), permeabilized with 0.25% Triton-X100 for 20 min and labeled with EdUTP and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT) to detect DNA breaks using Click-iT TUNEL Alexa-594 kit (ThermoFisher Scientific) according to the manufacturer’s instruction. After EdUTP labeling, cells were stained for SMN using mouse anti-SMN antibody followed by Alexa488-conjugated goat anti-mouse IgG. Coverslips were processed for IF analysis.

Mouse spinal cord explants from 7-day-old normal and SMA mice were cultured in vitro for 12–14 days in 8-well chamber microscope slides, coated with poly-D-lysine/laminin using neurobasal medium supplemented with B-27, 700 mM Glucose, 2 mM L-glutamine, 2.5 mM KCl and 1× penicillin/streptomycin with some modifications as described previously ( 7 , 22 ). Half of the culture medium was replaced with freshly made neurobasal medium every 48 h. The identity and morphology of the spinal cord motor neurons and glial cells were established by staining with specific markers, including choline acetyl transferase (ChAT) and homeobox containing protein Hlxb9 (Hb9) ( 7 , 22 ). Neurons were fixed with 4% PFA and processed for examination by IF analysis. For rescue experiments, cultured neurons were infected with Ad-GFP and Ad-GFP-SMN1 (SignaGen laboratories) or Ad-h-SETX (Vector Biolabs) at 100 MOI in a volume of 200 μl/well of 8-well chamber and 400 μl of medium added after 4 h incubation and medium was replaced after 12 h. Neurons were either fixed (4% PFA) or harvested for protein extraction at 48 h post-infection for IF and IB analysis, respectively.

Protein extracts for conventional IB analysis were prepared from cells transfected with siSMN, mouse tissues and human SMA patient tissues using TLB (20 mM Tris–HCl, pH7.4, 137 mM NaCl, 1% Triton-X100, 2 mM ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, 10% glycerol, 25 mM β-glycerophosphate, pH7.4, 2 mM sodium pyrophosphate) with following added freshly 1 mM sodium orthovanadate, 1 mM phenylmethylsulfonyl fluoride (PMSF), 1× protease inhibitor cocktail (Sigma-Aldrich) ( 23 ). Protein concentration was measured using Coomassie (Bradford) protein assay. Cell and tissue lysates from normal human and SMA patient dividing cells, normal (non-SMA) and SMA mouse tissues and normal (non-SMA) human and SMA patient spinal cord tissues were prepared and diluted to protein concentration of 0.2 mg/ml using sample preparation kit (Protein Simple) for automated capillary western blot system, WES System (Protein Simple), which utilizes capillary-based electrophoretic separation and detection of proteins. Mouse spinal cord, tissues were isolated from 7-day-old non-SMA and SMA mice. Cell or tissue extracts with equal protein concentration were mixed with 0.1× sample buffer and 5× fluorescent master mix. The protein samples and the biotinylated ladder were denatured by heating at 95°C for 5 min. Protein samples, biotinylated ladder, primary antibodies (diluted 1:100 with antibody diluent), horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-conjugated secondary antibodies, chemiluminescence substrate and wash buffer were dispensed into respective wells of the assay plate and placed in Wes equipment. Signal intensity (area) of the protein was normalized to the peak area of loading control β-actin or α-tubulin. Quantitative analysis was performed using Compass software (Protein Simple) and statistical analysis of data was performed as described in below in ‘Statistical Analysis’ section.

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In the United States alone, more than 37 million people have migraine and approximately 6 million live with symptoms almost every day. One in five women experience migraine and it is the single most disabling disease for women under the age of 49 years, worldwide. This week, just days before the end of National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, Elle USA published this article , highlighting fashion influencers’ use of the “migraine pose.” According to the article, the pose is trending because it tightens the face, emphasizes cheekbones and draws attention to manicures. The article has generated outrage in the community from people and patients whose lives have been seriously impacted in almost every way imaginable by this invisible and highly misunderstood disease—a disease that historically has had few options for treatment. “Women who are in a critical time of their lives, trying to get an education, build careers and start and raise families are especially impacted by migraine,” says David Dodick, MD, FAHS, Chairman of the American Migraine Foundation. “To make matters worse, women with migraine are at a significantly increased risk of other diseases – including chronic pain syndromes, depression, anxiety, stroke, epilepsy, just to name a few.” In response to this article, the American Migraine Foundation has sent a formal letter to the Editor-in-Chief of Elle Magazine. We invited the publication to join us and to use its reach and influence to demonstrate compassion and understanding for the millions of women around the world fighting to live a normal a life, while dealing with a devastating illness. “We are hoping to use this as an opportunity to change the conversation about migraine and put an end to the stigma surrounding this disabling disease,” says Dodick. While we begin the dialogue, we ask that you continue to respectfully advocate for those living with migraine by sharing photos of what a migraine attack really looks like by sharing personal photos using the hashtag #truemigrainepose. Please tag the American Migraine Foundation so we can share your posts. We want you to know that the American Migraine Foundation and its partners stand with the almost one billion people who experience migraine. We humbly ask that you use this incident as an opportunity to take action. Together we’re as relentless as migraine.

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If you sneeze a lot, if your nose is often runny or stuffy, or if your eyes, mouth or skin often feels itchy, you may have allergic rhinitis, a condition that affects 40 million to 60 million Americans.

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If you sneeze a lot, if your nose is often runny or stuffy, or if your eyes, mouth or nose often feel itchy, you may have allergic rhinitis, a condition that affects 40 million to 60 million Americans.

Allergic rhinitis develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people.

Allergic rhinitis is commonly known as hay fever. But you don’t have to be exposed to hay to have symptoms. And contrary to what the name suggests, you don’t have to have a fever to have hay fever.


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Allergic rhinitis takes two different forms:

Some people may experience both types of rhinitis, with perennial symptoms getting worse during specific pollen seasons. There are also nonallergic causes for rhinitis including irritants such as cigarette or other smoke, perfumes, cleaning products and other strong odors.

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Avoid triggers by making changes to your home and to your behavior.

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to help confirm your triggers and for prescription medications, which may be more effective.

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Allergic rhinitis – commonly known as hay fever – is a group of symptoms affecting the nose. But don’t be misled by the name – you don’t have to be exposed to hay to have symptoms. And despite the name, it’s not usually accompanied by fever.

People with allergic rhinitis generally experience symptoms after breathing in an allergy-causing substance such as pollen or dust. In the fall, a common allergen is ragweed or other weed pollens or outdoor mold. In the spring, the most common triggers are grass and tree pollen.

When a sensitive person inhales an allergen, the body’s immune system may react with the following symptoms (listed in order of frequency):

Symptoms also may be triggered by common irritants such as:

There are two types of allergic rhinitis:

Allergic rhinitis can be associated with:

Many parents of children with allergic rhinitis have said that their children are more moody and irritable during allergy season. Since children cannot always express their symptoms verbally, they may express their discomfort by acting up at school and at home. In addition, some children feel that having an allergy is a stigma that separates them from others.

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, symptoms can be kept under control and disruptions in learning and behavior can be avoided.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis have other causes as well, the most customary being the common cold — an example of infectious rhinitis. Most infections are relatively short-lived, with symptoms improving in three to seven days.

Many people have recurrent or chronic nasal congestion, excess mucus production, itching and other nasal symptoms similar to those of allergic rhinitis. In those cases, an allergy may not be not the cause.


To find the most effective way to treat allergic rhinitis symptoms, see an allergist

Your allergist may start by taking a detailed history, looking for clues in your lifestyle that will help pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. You’ll be asked, among other things, about your work and home environments (including whether you have a pet) your family’s medical history and the frequency and severity of your symptoms.

Sometimes allergic rhinitis can be complicated by several medical conditions, such as a deviated septum (curvature of the bone and cartilage that separate the nostrils) or nasal polyps (abnormal growths inside the nose and sinuses). Any of these conditions will be made worse by catching a cold. Nasal symptoms caused by more than one problem can be difficult to treat, often requiring the cooperation of an allergist and another specialist, such as an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist).

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The first approach in managing seasonal or perennial forms of hay fever should be to avoid the allergens that trigger symptoms.

Outdoor exposure

Indoor exposure

Exposure to pets


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may recommend medications that reduce nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing and itching. They are available in many forms — oral tablets, liquid medication, nasal sprays and eyedrops. Some medications may have side effects, so discuss these treatments with your allergist.

Intranasal corticosteroids

Intranasal corticosteroids are the single most effective drug class for treating allergic rhinitis. They can significantly reduce nasal congestion as well as sneezing, itching and a runny nose.

Talk with your allergist about whether these medications are appropriate and safe for you. These sprays are designed to avoid the side effects that may occur from steroids that are taken by mouth or injection. Take care not to spray the medication against the center portion of the nose (the nasal septum). The most common side effects are local irritation and nasal bleeding. Some older preparations have been shown to have some effect on children’s growth; data about some newer steroids don’t indicate an effect on growth.


Antihistamines are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis. These medications counter the effects of histamine, the irritating chemical released within your body when an allergic reaction takes place. Although other chemicals are involved, histamine is primarily responsible for causing the symptoms. Antihistamines are found in eyedrops, nasal sprays and, most commonly, oral tablets and syrup.

Antihistamines help to relieve nasal allergy symptoms such as:

There are dozens of antihistamines; some are available over the counter, while others require a prescription. Patients respond to them in a wide variety of ways.

Generally, the newer (second-generation) products work well and produce only minor side effects. Some people find that an antihistamine becomes less effective as the allergy season worsens or as their allergies change over time. If you find that an antihistamine is becoming less effective, tell your allergist, who may recommend a different type or strength of antihistamine. If you have excessive nasal dryness or thick nasal mucus, consult an allergist before taking antihistamines. Contact your allergist for advice if an antihistamine causes drowsiness or other side effects.

Proper use: Short-acting antihistamines can be taken every four to six hours, while timed-release antihistamines are taken every 12 to 24 hours. The short-acting antihistamines are often most helpful if taken 30 minutes before an anticipated exposure to an allergen (such as at a picnic during ragweed season). Timed-release antihistamines are better suited to long-term use for those who need daily medications. Proper use of these drugs is just as important as their selection. The most effective way to use them is before symptoms develop. A dose taken early can eliminate the need for many later doses to reduce established symptoms. Many times a patient will say that he or she “took one, and it didn’t work.” If the patient had taken the antihistamine regularly for three to four days to build up blood levels of the medication, it might have been effective.

Side effects: Older (first-generation) antihistamines may cause drowsiness or performance impairment, which can lead to accidents and personal injury. Even when these medications are taken only at bedtime, they can still cause considerable impairment the following day, even in people who do not feel drowsy. For this reason, it is important that you do not drive a car or work with dangerous machinery when you take a potentially sedating antihistamine. Some of the newer antihistamines do not cause drowsiness.

A frequent side effect is excessive dryness of the mouth, nose and eyes. Less common side effects include restlessness, nervousness, overexcitability, insomnia, dizziness, headaches, euphoria, fainting, visual disturbances, decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal distress, constipation, diarrhea, increased or decreased urination, urinary retention, high or low blood pressure, nightmares (especially in children), sore throat, unusual bleeding or bruising, chest tightness or palpitations. Men with prostate enlargement may encounter urinary problems while on antihistamines. Consult your allergist if these reactions occur.

Important precautions:


Decongestants help relieve the stuffiness and pressure caused by swollen nasal tissue. They do not contain antihistamines, so they do not cause antihistaminic side effects. They do not relieve other symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Oral decongestants are available as prescription and nonprescription medications and are often found in combination with antihistamines or other medications. It is not uncommon for patients using decongestants to experience insomnia if they take the medication in the afternoon or evening. If this occurs, a dose reduction may be needed. At times, men with prostate enlargement may encounter urinary problems while on decongestants. Patients using medications to manage emotional or behavioral problems should discuss this with their allergist before using decongestants. Patients with high blood pressure or heart disease should check with their allergist before using. Pregnant patients should also check with their allergist before starting decongestants.

Nonprescription decongestant nasal sprays work within minutes and last for hours, but you should not use them for more than a few days at a time unless instructed by your allergist. Prolonged use can cause rhinitis medicamentosa, or rebound swelling of the nasal tissue. Stopping the use of the decongestant nasal spray will cure that swelling, provided that there is no underlying disorder.

Oral decongestants are found in many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications, and may be the treatment of choice for nasal congestion. They don’t cause rhinitis medicamentosa but need to be avoided by some patients with high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure or heart problems, check with your allergist before using them.

Nasal sprays

Nonprescription saline nasal sprays will help counteract symptoms such as dry nasal passages or thick nasal mucus. Unlike decongestant nasal sprays, a saline nasal spray can be used as often as it is needed. Sometimes an allergist may recommend washing (douching) the nasal passage. There are many OTC delivery systems for saline rinses, including neti pots and saline rinse bottles.

Nasal cromolyn blocks the body’s release of allergy-causing substances. It does not work in all patients. The full dose is four times daily, and improvement of symptoms may take several weeks. Nasal cromolyn can help prevent allergic nasal reactions if taken prior to an allergen exposure.

Nasal ipratropium bromide spray can help reduce nasal drainage from allergic rhinitis or some forms of nonallergic rhinitis.

Leukatriene pathway inhibitors

Leukotriene pathway inhibitors (montelukast, zafirlukast and zileuton) block the action of leukotriene, a substance in the body that can cause symptoms of allergic rhinitis. These drugs are also used to treat asthma.


Immunotherapy may be recommended for people who don’t respond well to treatment with medications or who experience side effects from medications, who have allergen exposure that is unavoidable or who desire a more permanent solution to their allergies. Immunotherapy can be very effective in controlling allergic symptoms, but it doesn’t help the symptoms produced by nonallergic rhinitis.

Two types of immunotherapy are available: allergy shots and sublingual (under-the-tongue) tablets.

Eye allergy preparations and eyedrops

Eye allergy preparations may be helpful when the eyes are affected by the same allergens that trigger rhinitis, causing redness, swelling, watery eyes and itching. OTC eyedrops and oral medications are commonly used for short-term relief of some eye allergy symptoms. They may not relieve all symptoms, though, and prolonged use of some of these drops may actually cause your condition to worsen.

Prescription eyedrops and oral medications also are used to treat eye allergies. Prescription eyedrops provide both short- and long-term targeted relief of eye allergy symptoms, and can be used to manage them.

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or pharmacist if you are unsure about a specific drug or formula.

Treatments that are not recommended for allergic rhinitis

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