Brigid Brennan of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) discusses Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder due to mutations in the FXN gene that reduces the production of frataxin, a protein important for proper mitochondrial functions.

The onset of symptoms varies greatly among FA patients but generally occurs between the ages of 5 to 18 years but can develop later in adulthood.

Brigid Brennan explains the disease and some of its more common symptoms such as ataxia, fatigue, scoliosis, diabetes mellitus, and various heart conditions, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and arrthymias.

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