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Illinois Man Uses His Myelofibrosis Story to Help Others

Written by on July 16, 2014

The diagnosis of primary myelofibrosis (MF), one of three main myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), came as a huge surprise for Bill Erickson in May 2012. According to the MPN Research Foundation, patients with MF have scar tissue buildup in their bone marrow, which prevents normal blood cells from being produced. Since blood cell… Read More

Images from the Portraits of Courage Celebration

Written by admin on May 30, 2014

NORD’s Portraits of Courage Celebration on May 8, 2014, highlighted the many ways in which patients and caregivers display great dignity and grace in living with challenging rare diseases. Patients and families featured in the Portraits of Courage gallery providing an inspiring presence at the event.

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Informed Consent in Biobank Research

Written by Marsha Lanes on August 1, 2013

Genetic biobanks, storage facilities for DNA, genetic data and tissue samples, are becoming more prevalent in the rare disease community.   The information and samples can be made available to approved researchers for clinical studies, but unlike clinical trials, there is usually no personal benefit or follow-up provided to participants.  Read More

Privacy Protection in Whole Genome Sequencing

Written by Marsha Lanes on January 15, 2013

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is the genetic test that determines the order of all 3 billion letters in a person’s DNA, and is a technology that has become well known to the rare disease community.  It can reveal not only the genes responsible for production of an abnormal protein associated… Read More

Barretstown – a Serious Fun Camp!

Written by Lisa Sencen on November 21, 2012

When I arrived through the gates at the Barretstown camp, I was eager to meet my campers and fellow group of volunteers, caras, Gaelic for friend. What I didn’t know is what a lasting impact this camp, set in Ballymore Eustace, Ireland, would have on my life. Read More