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Skin Biopsy May Help Diagnose FAP in Early Stages for Treatment

A skin biopsy may help speed up the diagnosis of familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP), including for asymptomatic people with disease-causing mutations who are at higher risk of developing full-blown disease, according to a single-center retrospective study. This would allow patients, especially those with the Val30Met mutation, to receive treatment…

Rare Disease Day Events Bring Awareness, Equity to Patients

Since 2008, Rare Disease Day — the last day of February — has brought together patients, caregivers, family members, friends, and advocates from around the world to raise awareness and improve equity for the more than 7,000 known rare diseases that affect more than 300 million people. In 2022, the…

Eplontersen Granted Orphan Drug Status in US for ATTR Amyloidosis

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted orphan drug status to eplontersen, an investigational therapy that seeks to prevent the buildup of toxic protein deposits in people with transthyretin (ATTR) amyloidosis — a group of disorders that also includes familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP). The therapy is being co-developed…

Wider Vagus Nerve May Be Early Sign of Autonomic Neuropathy

The vagus nerve, the longest cranial nerve running from the brain through to the abdomen, is wider in people with familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) than in people without the disease, a small study in China found. Researchers also observed that its dimensions, measured by ultrasound imaging, correlated with the…

Prepare to Light Up Buildings for Rare Disease Day 2022

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) asks Americans to plan ahead to participate in the Light Up for Rare campaign to raise awareness of rare diseases. NORD is the U.S. sponsor for Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28. The annual awareness day spotlights approximately 7,000…

Ionis, AstraZeneca Team Up to Further Develop Eplontersen

Ionis Pharmaceuticals has entered into a collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca to develop and commercialize eplontersen, Ionis’ investigational therapy to treat transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR). ATTR amyloidosis is a group of conditions characterized by the formation of toxic aggregates or clumps of the TTR protein that build up in…