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New AHEAD Coalition to Address Pediatric Concerns in EDS, HSD

The Ehlers-Danlos Society is pulling together a coalition aimed at addressing a broad range of pediatric concerns in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD). Among its focus areas will be misdiagnoses, evidence gaps in medical complications, and child abuse. The nascent AHEAD coalition — Action for Infants,…

Pandemic Won’t Stop Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28

Scores of virtual events are afoot around the world to mark Rare Disease Day 2021 on Feb. 28. The activities are focused on heightening awareness about rare diseases and the hundreds of millions of individuals they are thought to affect. Patients, caregivers, and advocates worldwide will sport denim ribbons…

Celiprolol May Be Protective in COL3A1-positive Vascular EDS

The therapy celiprolol may have a protective effect in COL3A1-positive patients with vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (vEDS), according to results of a long-term study. The data were published in the European Journal of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery, in the article “Celiprolol Treatment in Patients with Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.”…

NORD’s 6th ‘State Report Card’ Notes Progress, Raises Concerns

While progress was made last year on newborn screening and other policy issues critical to rare disease patients, a “State Report Card” argues that many concerns — notably out-of-pocket costs for prescription medicines and access to affordable comprehensive care — still need attention. Those were the findings of the…

NORD’s Caregiver Respite Program Continues Through Pandemic

Caring for a loved one with a rare disease, especially during these uncertain times, demands significant time, attention, patience, and dedication. To help meet that need, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)’s Rare Caregiver Respite Program may be a helpful resource. The program seeks to give a…

Art Contest Salutes Creativity of Rare Disease Communities

Butterflies, ballerinas, and abstract flowers are featured among the winning artwork of this year’s Rare Artist contest, hosted by the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases to heighten awareness about rare disease communities and salute the creativity of its members. Awardees will be able to display their art and…

UK Rare Diseases Framework Opens to Improve Diagnosis, Access to Care

U.K. Rare Diseases Framework, a government-led approach to raising national awareness of rare disorders, accelerating  diagnoses, and improving patient care and treatment, is now in practice. This  framework, signed by all four countries take make up the U.K. — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — builds on the success…