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EDS-related Gene Variants Found to Play Role in Eye Disorder

Genes involved in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) appear to play a role in keratoconus (KC) — a thinning of the eye’s cornea. This finding, from a recent study, is the first to demonstrate shared genetic variations between the two disorders although their association has been suggested. The study, “…

Indigestion Common With Joint Hypermobility Syndrome for Reasons Unknown

Joint hypermobility syndrome, including hypermobile Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (hEDS), is present in a large proportion of people with functional dyspepsia — a common gastrointestinal disorder also known as indigestion without an underlying cause, a study showed. The presence of joint hypermobility, however, does not significantly prevent the digestive system from working…

Autism, ADHD May Be More Common in hEDS Children

Note: This story was updated March 10, 2021, to provide an updated definition of autism spectrum disorder.  A higher frequency of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder was found in children with hypermobile EDS (hEDS) or hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD), a Swedish study shows. These findings support the…

Certain Complications More Common in Hospitalized EDS Patients

Hospitalized patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) experience more gastrointestinal (GI), cardiovascular, nervous, and allergic conditions than those without EDS, a recent study has found. The findings suggest physicians should consider the possibility of EDS and exercise appropriate precautions when examining patients in whom these conditions have no other apparent…

Rare Disease Day at NIH, Set for March 1, Growing Year by Year

Rare Disease Day at NIH, organized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and taking place on March 1, will feature panel discussions, patient stories, research updates, TED-style talks, and a presentation by a Nobel laureate recently recognized for her work on a gene editing tool. The free, virtual…