Rare Diseases
Created:   8/13/2013
Contains:  27 items
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Once Bitten: How West Nile virus invades the brain—and what you can do to protect yourself.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 10(4):32-37, August/September 2014.

Since West Nile virus (WNV) surfaced in New York in 1999, thousands of Americans have become infected from a simple mosquito bite. Around 20 percent of infected people develop fever, headaches, body aches, joint pains, and fatigue. For 1 percent of people, WNV infects the brain and spinal cord, causing serious symptoms. But prevention can keep mosquitoes at bay.

Going the Distance: Winning gold medals with tuberous sclerosis complex, Special Olympics athletes Ryan Groves and Steven Striegel show us the true meaning of strength.

Gora, Susannah

Neurology Now . 10(2):28-33, April/May 2014.

Special Olympics athletes Steven Striegel and Ryan Groves do not let tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a rare genetic disease, keep them from going for the gold. “I want people with TSC to know that even with the obstacles in your life, you can still do anything you set your mind to,” says Groves.

The Test of a Lifetime: Screening for rare disorders can save lives.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 9(5):23-27, October/November 2013.

For babies with one of the rare genetic disorders called lysosomal storage diseases—such as Krabbe or Pompe disease—early diagnosis and treatment are critical. Many infants with these diseases die before their second birthday. But the trajectory of these young lives could be dramatically different with a $1 test performed at birth.

Too Rare for Research? People with rare diseases often experience significant delays in diagnosis and access to few, if any, treatment options.

Paturel, Amy

Neurology Now . 8(2):29-33, April/May 2012.

An estimated 6,000 to 7,000 rare diseases—many of them neurologic—collectively impact nearly 25 million Americans. People with rare diseases often face greater difficulties than people with common diseases in locating experts, receiving an accurate diagnosis, and finding treatment options. Here, we explore the ways that people with rare diseases are pushing for more research and better treatments.

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