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Autoimmune/Auto-inflammatory Disorders

Disease overviews, clinically relevant perspectives, and news about the most important research in rare autoimmune and auto-inflammatory disorders.
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Cancers

There are over 200 different types of rare cancers, but only a small number of people are diagnosed with each type. Many of those cancers are highlighted in this section.
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Congenital and Genetic Conditions

Congenital disorders can be inherited or caused by environmental factors and can vary from mild to severe. This section is focused on genetic and congenital disorders in children and adolescents.
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Endocrine Disorders

According to the NIH, there are more than 175 rare diseases that affect the endocrine system. In this section we highlight many of them and provide clinically relevant perspectives on these rare diseases.
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Gastrointestinal Diseases

Expert insight and general news into relevant research on diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
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Heart Diseases

According to the CDC, approximately one in four deaths is a result of heart disease. Health care providers are trained to focus on the more prevalent heart diseases. This section is focused on rare and often neglected heart conditions.
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Hematologic Disorders

Many of the more “common” blood diseases are considered “rare,” affecting less than 200,000 U.S. citizens. These conditions primarily affect the blood & blood-forming organs. In this section we provide news, research summaries, and meeting reports relevant to the hematologic community.
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Kidney and Urinary Diseases

Diseases of the kidney and urinary affects over 30 million Americans and can lead to various related health problems, such as weak bones, nerve damage, and malnutrition. In this section we provide news and updates focused on rare kidney and urinary diseases.
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Lung Diseases

Learn about the symptoms, causes, management and available treatments of rare lung disorders. Perspectives on the latest clinically relevant research, guideline updates, and new drug approvals.
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Lysosomal Storage Disorders

Lysosomal storage diseases are a group of approximately 50 rare inherited metabolic diseases that are characterized by an abnormal build-up of various toxic materials in the body’s cells as a result of enzyme deficiencies. We provide interviews with leading experts, general news and clinical trial updates.
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Metabolic Disorders 

News, Interviews, and expert insight into the latest research relevant to rare metabolic diseases.
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Musculoskeletal Diseases

A wide range of rare conditions involve the musculoskeletal system. Some of these disorders arise from genetic problems in the muscles themselves, while others involve the nerves or bones.
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Neurology / Nervous System Diseases

Rare neurological disorders are diseases of the brain, spine, and autonomic nervous system. This section provides overviews of several of those conditions, as well news, clinical trial updates, and expert opinions form leading neurologists.
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Ophthalmology/Eye Diseases

Disease overviews and news and key expert videos focused on rare eye disorders.
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Skin Conditions

Disease overviews, clinically relevant perspectives, and news on the most important research in rare skin disorders.
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Novel Technologies and Emerging Therapies for Precision Medicine

In this CME program, Drs. Shoshana Revel-Vilk and Neil Joseph Weinreb discuss novel technologies and mmerging therapies for precision medicine.

WHIM Syndrome Learning Center

WHIM syndrome is a rare, congenital primary immunodeficiency disorder associated with severe neutropenia that affects all ages. However, due to the heterogeneous presentation of the disease, coupled with lack of awareness of the condition, the diagnosis may be delayed, sometimes even into adulthood.

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Learning Center

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) belongs to the non-Hodgkin lymphoma class of hematologic T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders. It is a rare group of malignancies, with an incidence of 6.4 cases per 1 million people.

Acromegaly Highlights

Maria Fleseriu, MD, FACE highlights the latest research about Acromegaly that was presented at ENDO.

Current and Emerging Therapies for Lysosomal Storage Disease

Drs. Goker-Alpan and Zimran provide an overview of current and emerging therapies for lysosomal storage diseases in this CME program.

Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor (TGCT)

Tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT) is a non-malignant tumor involving the joint synovium, bursae, and tendon sheath. These rare tumors are sometimes referred to as giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath (GCT-TS) and/or pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS).

Aromatic L-Amino Acid Decarboxylase (AADC) Deficiency Learning Center

Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency is a rare, genetic disorder that affects the central nervous systems of young patients.

Type 1 Galactosemia: Significant Unmet Need, Lifelong Complications, and Current Management

Type 1 galactosemia is a rare genetic disease that can be life-threatening in newborns and can lead to lifelong cognitive, neurological, and speech complications, as well as primary ovarian insufficiency in girls and women.

Clinical Diversity and Genetic Variation in Lysosomal Disorders

In this CME activity, Drs. Ozlem Goker-Alpan, Gregory Grabowski, and Soumeya Bekri discuss clinical diversity and genetic variation in lysosomal disorders.

Drug Compounding: What Physicians and Patients Need to Know

Drug compounding is often regarded as the process of combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient. This can be especially relevant for rare disease patients. For more information on drug compounding including FDA resources, visit the CheckRare Drug Compounding Resource page.

Preclinical Studies and Clinical Trials Towards Individualized Therapies

In this CME program, Drs. Ari Zimran, Gustavo Maegawa, and Nina Raben, MD discuss preclinical studies and clinical trials regarding individualized therapies.

CME: New and Emerging Phenotypes in Lysosomal Storage Diseases

This CME activity highlights how modern treatment options for lysosomal storage disorders have created new phenotypes for these once terminal conditions. Understanding the ‘new normal’ for these conditions can help health care providers manage their patients more effectively.

Type 1 Galactosemia Roundtable Discussion

This roundtable discussion features perspectives from advocates, experts, and families living with Type 1 galactosemia. Galactosemia is a rare genetic disease that can be life-threatening for newborns and cause severe lifelong complications starting as early as the first year of life.

Lysosomal Storage Diseases: Central Symptoms and Comorbidities

In this CME activity, Drs. Ozlem Goker-Alpan and Swati Sathe, MD highlight how symptoms and comorbidities involving the central nervous system have a key role in how physicians manage patients with lysosomal storage disorders. .

CME: Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) Research Highlights

This accredited CME activity highlights the latest information about paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and provides expert analysis of its clinical relevance for busy members of the care team in order to help them care for patients they may encounter with this rare condition. (PNH)—a rare, acquired blood disease characterized by hemolytic anemia, bone marrow failure, thrombosis, and fatigue.

Panel Discussion: Data Silos Are Hindering Rare Disease Research

Data sharing is a common request in the rare disease community. Unfortunately, the realities of our current research infrastructure make it problematic for researchers to share their data. The net result is a plethora of data silos that can dramatically delay our understanding of diseases, especially ultra-rare diseases, that can lead to treatments.

CME: Newborn Screening — From RUSP to Reality

This four-part CME curriculum is focused on Best Practices for Explaining Newborn Screening Results to Parents.This module will provide clinicians with the fundamentals of newborn screening.

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) Highlights from ACAAI Annual Meeting

Jonathan Bernstein, MD is featured in this accredited CME activity that presentsf the latest information about hereditary angioedema (HAE) that was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & immunology 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (ACAAI 2021). HAE is a rare genetic disease that results in immunologic attacks that can be life threatening.

Panel Discussion: The High Cost of Rare Diseases

Joni Rutter, PhD, Acting Director at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and Annie Kennedy, Chief of Policy and Advocacy at the EveryLife Foundation discuss their organizations’ collective studies showing the direct and indirect costs of rare diseases in the United States. 

Highlights on Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency from the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Rachael Grace, MD, MMSc is featured in this accredited CME activity on the latest information about Pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency that was presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting (ASH 2021). PK deficiency is a rare genetic blood disorder characterized by low levels of the enzyme pyruvate kinase, which interrupts the glycolytic pathway causing hemolytic anemia.

AADC Deficiency Panel Discussion

AADC deficiency is characterized by a defect in the dopa decarboxylase or DDC gene; this dysfunction leads to reduced production of the critical neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and melatonin. As a result, patients with AADC deficiency can suffer deficits in vital motor function.

WHIM Syndrome Learning Center

WHIM syndrome is a rare, congenital primary immunodeficiency disorder associated with severe neutropenia that affects all ages. However, due to the heterogeneous presentation of the disease, coupled with lack of awareness of the condition, the diagnosis may be delayed, sometimes even into adulthood.

Type 1 Galactosemia: Significant Unmet Need, Lifelong Complications, and Current Management

Type 1 galactosemia is a rare genetic disease that can be life-threatening in newborns and can lead to lifelong cognitive, neurological, and speech complications, as well as primary ovarian insufficiency in girls and women.

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma Learning Center

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) belongs to the non-Hodgkin lymphoma class of hematologic T-cell lymphoproliferative disorders. It is a rare group of malignancies, with an incidence of 6.4 cases per 1 million people.

Current and Emerging Therapies for Lysosomal Storage Disease

Drs. Goker-Alpan and Zimran provide an overview of current and emerging therapies for lysosomal storage diseases in this CME program.

Acromegaly Highlights

Maria Fleseriu, MD, FACE highlights the latest research about Acromegaly that was presented at ENDO.

Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor (TGCT)

Tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT) is a non-malignant tumor involving the joint synovium, bursae, and tendon sheath. These rare tumors are sometimes referred to as giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath (GCT-TS) and/or pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS).

Aromatic L-Amino Acid Decarboxylase (AADC) Deficiency Learning Center

Aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency is a rare, genetic disorder that affects the central nervous systems of young patients.

Novel Technologies and Emerging Therapies for Precision Medicine

In this CME program, Drs. Shoshana Revel-Vilk and Neil Joseph Weinreb discuss novel technologies and mmerging therapies for precision medicine.

Type 1 Galactosemia Roundtable Discussion

This roundtable discussion features perspectives from advocates, experts, and families living with Type 1 galactosemia. Galactosemia is a rare genetic disease that can be life-threatening for newborns and cause severe lifelong complications starting as early as the first year of life.

Clinical Diversity and Genetic Variation in Lysosomal Disorders

In this CME activity, Drs. Ozlem Goker-Alpan, Gregory Grabowski, and Soumeya Bekri discuss clinical diversity and genetic variation in lysosomal disorders.

Preclinical Studies and Clinical Trials Towards Individualized Therapies

In this CME program, Drs. Ari Zimran, Gustavo Maegawa, and Nina Raben, MD discuss preclinical studies and clinical trials regarding individualized therapies.

Drug Compounding: What Physicians and Patients Need to Know

Drug compounding is often regarded as the process of combining, mixing, or altering ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient. This can be especially relevant for rare disease patients. For more information on drug compounding including FDA resources, visit the CheckRare Drug Compounding Resource page.

CME: New and Emerging Phenotypes in Lysosomal Storage Diseases

This CME activity highlights how modern treatment options for lysosomal storage disorders have created new phenotypes for these once terminal conditions. Understanding the ‘new normal’ for these conditions can help health care providers manage their patients more effectively.

AADC Deficiency Panel Discussion

AADC deficiency is characterized by a defect in the dopa decarboxylase or DDC gene; this dysfunction leads to reduced production of the critical neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and melatonin. As a result, patients with AADC deficiency can suffer deficits in vital motor function.

Lysosomal Storage Diseases: Central Symptoms and Comorbidities

In this CME activity, Drs. Ozlem Goker-Alpan and Swati Sathe, MD highlight how symptoms and comorbidities involving the central nervous system have a key role in how physicians manage patients with lysosomal storage disorders. .

CME: Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) Research Highlights

This accredited CME activity highlights the latest information about paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and provides expert analysis of its clinical relevance for busy members of the care team in order to help them care for patients they may encounter with this rare condition. (PNH)—a rare, acquired blood disease characterized by hemolytic anemia, bone marrow failure, thrombosis, and fatigue.

Panel Discussion: Data Silos Are Hindering Rare Disease Research

Data sharing is a common request in the rare disease community. Unfortunately, the realities of our current research infrastructure make it problematic for researchers to share their data. The net result is a plethora of data silos that can dramatically delay our understanding of diseases, especially ultra-rare diseases, that can lead to treatments.

CME: Newborn Screening — From RUSP to Reality

This four-part CME curriculum is focused on Best Practices for Explaining Newborn Screening Results to Parents.This module will provide clinicians with the fundamentals of newborn screening.

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) Highlights from ACAAI Annual Meeting

Jonathan Bernstein, MD is featured in this accredited CME activity that presentsf the latest information about hereditary angioedema (HAE) that was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & immunology 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting (ACAAI 2021). HAE is a rare genetic disease that results in immunologic attacks that can be life threatening.

Panel Discussion: The High Cost of Rare Diseases

Joni Rutter, PhD, Acting Director at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and Annie Kennedy, Chief of Policy and Advocacy at the EveryLife Foundation discuss their organizations’ collective studies showing the direct and indirect costs of rare diseases in the United States. 

Highlights on Pyruvate Kinase (PK) Deficiency from the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting

Rachael Grace, MD, MMSc is featured in this accredited CME activity on the latest information about Pyruvate kinase (PK) deficiency that was presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting (ASH 2021). PK deficiency is a rare genetic blood disorder characterized by low levels of the enzyme pyruvate kinase, which interrupts the glycolytic pathway causing hemolytic anemia.