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Where portrait photos meet genetics and AI

June 13, 2019 – This is simply fascinating stuff. Researchers are testing neural networks that automatically combine portrait photos with genetic and phenotypic patient data in order to obtain definitive diagnosis of hereditary rare diseases, all with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).  

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Caplacizumab-yhdp (Cablivi): the first therapy for the treatment of aTTP

February 07, 2019 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Caplacizumab-yhdp (Cablivi), the first therapy specifically indicated, in combination with plasma exchange and immunosuppressive therapy, for the treatment of adult patients with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP),

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Is there breast implant-associated cancer (BIA-ALCL)?

January 09, 2019 – Women should be alerted: Is there a thing like breast implant associated cancer (BIA-ALCL)? Yes, there is. Not every woman with a breast implant will get it, however. In fact, BIA-ALCL seems to be a rather rare condition; unfortunately,

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Migalastat (Galafold): New treatment for Fabry disease

January 12, 2018 – Fabry disease is an inherited disorder caused by mutations (alterations) in the alpha-galactosidase A (GLA) gene located on the X-chromosome. Fabry disease is rare and affects both males and females. It is estimated that classic Fabry disease (the most severe type) affects approximately one in 40,000 males.

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Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN): Tagraxofusp-erzs (Elzonris) FDA approved

December 30, 2018 – Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is an aggressive and rare disease of the bone marrow and blood that can affect multiple organs, including the lymph nodes and the skin and often presents as or evolves into acute leukemia. The disease is more common in men than women and in patients 60 years and older.

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First ever treatment for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) FDA approved

December 04, 2018 –  The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved its first ever treatment, Amifampridine (Firdapse), for Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS), a rare autoimmune disorder for adult patients. LEMS affects the connection between nerves and muscles and causes weakness and other symptoms in affected 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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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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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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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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  • Genetic discovery could lead to better prediction of suicide risk within families November 26, 2020
    Every 11 minutes, an American dies by suicide. That's 132 people a day or more than 48,000 annually. For those left behind, the haunting question is why.
  • The genetics of side-effects November 25, 2020
    Henk-Jan Guchelaar knows all too well the serious problems that the side-effects of medication can cause. As a professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, he has spent the last two decades trying to get the link between medicine and our genes recognised more widely.
  • Gene donors at high risk for cancer received feedback November 25, 2020
    Researchers at the Estonian Genome Center at the University of Tartu studied how people at high risk for breast, ovarian or prostate cancer responded to the feedback of genetic findings. Gene donors who chose to receive results appreciated being contacted and considered the information provided to be valuable. Authors find that knowing more about people's […]
  • Researchers reveal how genetic variations are linked to COVID-19 disease severity November 25, 2020
    Even as tens of thousands of Americans test positive for COVID-19 each day, physicians still aren't sure why some people experience mild to no symptoms while others become critically ill. New research led by Robert E. Gerszten, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) sheds new light […]
  • Study identifies new functions in the gene that causes Machado-Joseph disease November 25, 2020
    Ataxia is a minority disease with genetic origins, known for its neuromuscular alterations due to the selective loss of neurons in the cerebellum, the organ of our nervous systems which controls movement and balance. UB researchers have identified new functions in the ataxin 3 gene (ATXN3)–which causes Machado-Joseph disease, the most common type of ataxia– […]
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