Rare Diseases Get Their Turn in the Spotlight

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(DGIwire) – Held on the last day of February each year, Rare Disease Day shines a spotlight on an issue that affects as many as 30 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. There are about 7,000 rare diseases, reports PharmaVOICE, most of which are genetic in origin; in the U.S., a disease […]

Thanks for the Complement: A New Approach to Treating Rare Diseases

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(DGIwire) – The human immune system is a fascinating and complex entity. One of its divisions—called the innate immune system—has a range of powers, including the ability to activate antibodies and tag dubious cells for destruction. According to MedCityNews, this feat is accomplished courtesy of a set of biological processes known as the complement system. […]

Why Is the Zika Virus Leaving Some Patients Paralyzed?

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(DGIwire) – Although concerns that the Zika virus will cause serious birth defects have grabbed most of the headlines, The Lancet recently reported evidence that an encounter with the virus can leave some people temporarily paralyzed. In March 2016, the journal published the first systematic study of a possible link between the virus and . […]

Guillain-Barré Syndrome: 5 Questions to Ask

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(DGIwire) – There can be few scenarios more terrifying than losing control over the body’s muscles. Many who have heard of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)—which is characterized by a loss of muscle control—may not be familiar with the condition due to its relative rarity. But it is still important to know a few things about it. […]

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