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 […]

4 Insects Used to Treat Wounds and Diseases

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(DGIwire) – Think bugs are annoying and have no redeeming qualities? Well, think again. A slew of research has exposed an amazing fact: insects can help address a wide variety of human ailments. More are being studied for use to treat wounds and diseases. Here are four examples of how insects have been shown to alleviate […]

Newly Diagnosed with PNH? 4 Things to Do Now

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(DGIwire) – Those who have been newly diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) may be going through a confusing and emotional period. However, there are several steps they can take to deal with their diagnosis. Here are a few suggestions: Learn more about PNH: PNH is a rare and serious acquired disease that causes red […]

Orphan Drugs: What Are They?

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(DGIwire) – Anyone who spends time browsing through healthcare news stories is likely to come across the term “orphan drug.” But what is an orphan drug? According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it grants Orphan Drug Designation status to products that treat rare diseases, providing incentives to sponsors developing drugs or biologics. […]

Injecting a New Strategy to Treat a Rare Blood Disease

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(DGIwire) —  Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is an ultra-rare, life-threatening and debilitating disease of the blood. According to the National Institutes of Health, the symptoms of PNH can include intermittently dark urine, abdominal pain, back pain, thrombosis (blood clots), easy bruising or bleeding, headache and shortness of breath. The treatment of PNH is directed at […]

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