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Increased Education Crucial to Improving Rare Disease Care, Survey Finds

Healthcare providers involved in diagnosing and treating rare diseases believe that increased physician education and collaboration with specialized facilities will have the greatest positive impact on treating these conditions over the next five years, according to results from a 2021 survey. Definitive Healthcare, a healthcare commercial intelligence company, conducted…

New Blood Sample Methods Link IQ Scores, FMRP Protein Levels

A team led by researchers at Fulcrum Therapeutics has developed new methods to measure the FMRP protein in blood cells. Using these tests, the scientists showed that FMRP levels in blood cells were statistically associated with intelligence quotient (IQ) scores among people with fragile X syndrome. The study,…

#RAREis Representation Program Promotes Equity, Diversity

Horizon Therapeutics has launched its #RAREis Representation program aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion among patients with rare diseases. There are about 400 million people worldwide living with a rare disease; for many of them, access to diagnosis, care, and treatments can be challenging. Accessing better care depends on…

Rare Disease Day Panel Opens Window to Patient Experience

BioNews, the publisher of this website, hosted a virtual panel discussion on Rare Disease Day 2022, taking a deeper dive into what it’s like to live with a rare disease, including conversations about advocacy, mental health, survivor’s guilt, treatment of minority patients, and more. The Monday event, “A…

Gaboxadol in Combo Therapy for Fragile X Worth Pursuing: Healx

Healx has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Ovid Therapeutics to develop and commercialize gaboxadol in a potential combination treatment for fragile X syndrome and other disorders. The announcement follows Ovid’s decision to discontinue the development of gaboxadol (previously called OV101), despite it being deemed safe and well-tolerated in…