rare disease

Beating back chronic myelogenous leukemia

Beating back chronic myelogenous leukemia By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH A patient feels fine, but a routine complete blood count (CBC) test reveals an unusually high white blood cell count. High white blood cell counts may result from many conditions, but if it’s accompanied by other signs such as high or low [...]

“Still alive and kicking” – The importance of sickle cell disease clinical trial awareness

"Still alive and kicking" - The importance of sickle cell disease clinical trial awareness By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a rare disease: an inherited and incurable blood disorder that causes red blood cells to be misshapen and rigid, affecting their ability to provide oxygen to tissues. Their [...]

Familial Amyloidosis: “So Rare You’ll Never See Anyone With It”

Familial Amyloidosis: "So Rare You’ll Never See Anyone With It" By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Until recently, the only treatments for a rare disease called familial amyloidosis were symptom management or a liver transplant. Not only is the disease inherited, genetic, and rare, its incidence varies widely by region: The NIH says [...]

A Surprise Diagnosis: Chronic Kidney Disease

A Surprise Diagnosis: Chronic Kidney Disease By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH March is National Kidney Month, when communities across the country work to raise awareness about kidney disease. Not too worried? You might want to check: The CDC estimates that 15% of adults are estimated to have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). That’s [...]

Trying To Find More Answers About Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

Trying To Find More Answers About Tuberous Sclerosis Complex By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a “rare” genetic disease: According to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, Inspire’s community partner, “At least two children born each day will have tuberous sclerosis complex.”1 Classifying a disease that affects a million people [...]

Portraits of resilience: How patients and caregivers cope through the COVID pandemic

Portraits of Resilience: How Patients and Caregivers Cope through the COVID Pandemic By Richard Tsai The word “storytelling” invokes a pleasant image of listeners around a campfire, listeners from any era and any culture. It could, however, just as accurately evoke an image of brain chemistry that creates direct experience and even [...]

Eosinophils: Friend or Foe? Eosinophilic Disorders

Eosinophils: Friend or Foe? Eosinophilic Disorders By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Eosinophils are amazing, power-packed cells of the innate immune system. Loaded with granules of cytokines, chemokines, RNAses, cationic proteins, growth factors and more, these leukocytes were thought to be the body’s primary tool to destroy parasites. Now, however, eosinophils are being [...]

What’s one of the top ten mysterious diseases? Sarcoidosis

What’s one of the top ten mysterious diseases? Sarcoidosis By Kathleen Hoffman, PhD, MSPH Rare disease sufferers may be few in number for a particular condition, but they are an army of survivors when they’re together.  Sarcoidosis is one of the 3000 rare diseases represented in Inspire’s community.  With 600,000 Inspire members [...]

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Patients with Rare Conditions?

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Patients with Rare Conditions? By Judy Chandler Over 600,000 Inspire members are affected by rare conditions. As a vital partner to 40 rare disease non-profit advocacy organizations, Inspire’s rare disease patient and caregiver members represent over 3,000 rare conditions. Serving as a common point across these diverse conditions, [...]

Patients Are The Best Resource For Defining Study Endpoints

Patients Are The Best Resource For Defining Study Endpoints By Robert Gardner In September, the World Orphan Drug Congress USA Fall Webinar series opened with a program called: “Understanding the Novel Challenges in Rare Disease Development: Perspectives From Experts.” They took an audience poll, asking attendees to identify their “biggest challenge in [...]