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Diabetes: No end to SGLT2-inhibitor drugs side effects

01 September 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  is warning that cases of a very rare but serious infection of the genitals and area around the genitals have been reported with the class of type 2 diabetes medicines called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors.

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Patisiran (Onpattro): First targeted RNA-based therapy approved to treat hATTR

August 14, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Patisiran (Onpattro) infusion for the treatment of peripheral nerve disease (polyneuropathy) caused by hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR) in adult patients.

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Epidiolex: Marijuana-derived drug to treat rare forms of epilepsy

June 26, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Cannabidiol (Epidiolex), for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, in patients two years of age and older. 

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Vemurafenib (Zelboraf) for BRAF V600E positive Erdheim-Chester Disease (ECD)

Dezember 21, 2017 – Erdheim–Chester disease ((ECD), also known as Erdheim–Chester syndrome or polyostotic sclerosing histiocytosis) is a form of a bone marrow borne blood cancer. It is a rare disease characterized by the abnormal multiplication of a specific type of white blood cells called histiocytes,

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Marsili Syndrome: A mutation in the ZFHX2 gene leaves Italian family painless

December 21, 2017 – No pain on gain. This headline might not at all apply for this Italian family. In a paper just published in the Journal Brain,

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Voretigene Neparvovec-Rzyl (Luxturna): Gene therapy to treat inherited vision loss

December 20, 2017 –  The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved  a novel gene therapy to treat patients with a rare form of inherited vision loss. Voretigene Neparvovec-Rzyl (Luxturna) is the first directly administered gene therapy approved to target a disease caused by mutations in a specific human gene (i.e.,

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X-linked Hypophosphatemia: Burosumab (Crysvita) to the rescue

 December 16, 2017 – As recent as of December 14, 2017, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion, recommending the granting of a conditional marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Burosumab (Crysvita),

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The nightmare: Sudden cardiac arrest in competitive sports

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Body shop: First repair of single-gene mutation in human embryos

August 07, 2017 – Humans become reparable like a broken car in the body shop: For the first time, scientists have corrected a disease-causing mutation in early stage human embryos with gene editing (or genome editing). By doing so, researchers  repaired in these early stage human embryos the genetic/molecular defect (i.e.,

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Face2Gene: tool using facial recognition, AI and genetic big data to improve rare disease diagnosis and treatment

March 25, 2017 – The Boston-based start up company FDNA has launched an app-based tool for clinicians using facial recognition, artificial intelligence (AI) and genetic big data to improve rare disease diagnosis and treatment. If it were not for an incredible achievement of merging top notch sience from engineering to artificial intelligence to genetics,

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