Author Archives: Mary Chapman

EveryLife Introduces First of Kind ‘Roadmap’ to ICD Codes

To help patient advocacy leaders and their partners better understand how global health statistics codes — known as ICD codes — are assigned, updated, and revised in the U.S. health information system, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is presenting a first-of-its-kind resource guide. The foundation created the…

UC Davis Offers Program for Intellectually Disabled

Applications are being accepted for an innovative new four-year college program at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) for students with intellectual disabilities such as fragile X syndrome. The program is said to be the first of its kind in California and is a collaboration of…

Filmmaker Seeks Videos From Fathers of Children with Fragile X

Fathers or male caregivers of children with fragile X syndrome are invited to contribute to a U.K. film project exploring what it’s like to raise someone with learning or behavioral challenges. Olivia Hird, a documentary filmmaker for the nonprofit organization Nip in the Bud, is seeking cellphone videos…

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…

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…

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…

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…