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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Study of rare genetic disorder that effects the eyes April 3, 2020
    Nagano prefecture is home to a group of people affected with a rare genetic neurodegenerative disorder called familial amyloid polyneuropathies (FAP). This disease impacts the gene encoding protein transthyretin (TTR) which is produced in the liver and also eyes. Liver transplants are often a treatment for this disease, but severe eyesight problems such as cloudiness […]
  • Natural sunscreen gene influences how we make vitamin D April 2, 2020
    Genetic variations in the skin can create a natural sunscreen, according to University of Queensland researchers investigating the genes linked with vitamin D.
  • Single mutation leads to big effects in autism-related gene April 2, 2020
    A new study in Neuron offers clues to why autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is more common in boys than in girls. National Institutes of Health scientists found that a single amino acid change in the NLGN4 gene, which has been linked to autism symptoms, may drive this difference in some cases. The study was conducted […]
  • Lifestyle changes could delay memory problems in old age, depending on our genes April 2, 2020
    Researchers from King's College London have shown that how we respond to changes in nutrients at a molecular level plays an important role in the aging process, and this is directed by some key genetic mechanisms.
  • Geneticists are bringing personal medicine closer for multiracial individuals April 2, 2020
    A new study in Nature Communications proposes a method to extend polygenic scores, the estimate of genetic risk factors and a cornerstone of the personalized medicine revolution, to individuals with multiple ancestral origins. The study was led by Dr. Davide Marnetto from the Institute of Genomics of the University of Tartu, Estonia and coordinated by […]
  • Study of rare genetic disorder that effects the eyes April 3, 2020
    Small gauge vitrectomy for vitreous amyloidosis and subsequent management of secondary glaucoma in patients with hereditary transthyretin amyloidosis.
  • Tissue dynamics provide clues to human disease April 3, 2020
    Scientists in EMBL Barcelona's Ebisuya group, with collaborators from RIKEN, Kyoto University, and Meijo Hospital in Nagoya, Japan, have studied oscillating patterns of gene expression, coordinated across time and space within a tissue grown in vitro, to explore the molecular causes of a rare human hereditary disease known as spondylocostal dysostosis. Their results are published […]
  • Coronavirus: Virological findings from patients treated in a Munich hospital April 3, 2020
    In early February, research teams from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, München Klinik Schwabing and the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology published initial findings describing the efficient transmission of SARS-CoV-2. The researchers' detailed report on the clinical course and treatment of Germany's first group of COVID-19 patients has now been published in Nature*. Criteria may now be […]
  • Case study: Treating COVID-19 in a patient with multiple myeloma April 3, 2020
    A case study of a patient in Wuhan, China, suggests that the immunosuppressant tocilizumab may be an effective COVID-19 treatment for very ill patients who also have multiple myeloma and other blood cancers. The report, published in Blood Advances, also suggests that blood cancer patients may have atypical COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Indigenous American ancestry may be associated with HER2-positive breast cancer April 3, 2020
    An increased proportion of Indigenous American (IA) ancestry was associated with a greater incidence of HER2-positive breast cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.
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