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Man’s quest for answers about rare disease uses genealogy to unlock secrets from the past

Los Angeles Times, May 2019 – When Greg received a confirmatory diagnosis of hATTR amyloidosis, he didn’t realize his hereditary disease would take him on a journey tracing his roots to his Irish ancestors.

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Advances in genetic testing shed light on one family’s hidden link to rare disease

Orlando Sentinel, May 2019 – After seeing her grandfather and mother impacted by hATTR amyloidosis, Angel organized genetic testing through the hATTR Compass Program for her extended family.

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Eight Tips for Caregivers to Help Ease the Risky Business of Caregiving

Myrtle Beach SC, May 2019 – Research from nonprofit Transamerica Institute shows that over half of caregivers put their own health on the backburner when providing care. Here are some tips to maintain your own well-being while caring for your loved one.

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5 Genetic Testing Myths Debunked

Yahoo, May 2019 – As genetic testing gets more popular, it’s important to know the facts and debunk the myths about costs, testing length and whether it can affect your health journey. Check out hATTR Compass for no-cost, confidential genetic testing and confidential genetic counseling services at www.hATTRCompass.com.

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Pfizer gets U.S. approval for $225,000 a year heart drug

Pfizer press release, May 2019 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved VYNDAQEL (tafamidis) and VYNDAMAX (tafamidis) to treat transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy, the first approved drug for the disease.

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Dos and Don’ts: Caring for Patients With Rare Diseases

Endocrinology Advisor, April 2019 – It’s important for physicians to make extra efforts to provide patients with rare diseases with the proper guidance and support that they need on their disease journey.

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Spokane Man Living with Rare Genetic Disease Finds Hope

KXLY Spokane, March 2019 – Learn about Chuck’s inspiring story of being diagnosed with hATTR amyloidosis and his patient journey.

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Balancing Work as a Caregiver with Your Job

Kiplinger, March 2019 – Being a caregiver to a loved one can often feel like a full-time job. Learn more about how to balance being a caregiver with your professional life.

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FAP More Diverse Than Previously Believed, Review Study Contends

FAP News Today, February 2019 – A review of 542 cases of hATTR amyloidosis suggest that the geographical occurrence of the condition varies more than previously thought.

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Advice for Long-Distance Caregiving Challenges

Next Avenue, February 2019 – When you live far away from a loved one who is need of care there are steps you can take to help you and your loved one

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Eye Issues Still Prevalent in Val30Met FAP Patients After Liver Transplant, Study Shows

FAP News Today, February 2019 – Studies have shown that eye problems due to hATTR amyloidosis, such as glaucoma, dryness, or accumulation of amyloid in the eye, are more prevalent among patients who have undergone liver transplants.

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FAP Patients in France With Upper Limb Nerve Damage Are Often Misdiagnosed

FAP News Today, December 2018 – A study in France found that out of 32 patients, 24 were initially misdiagnosed with a condition other than hATTR amyloidosis.

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A Guide to Caregiving at Any Stage

Next Avenue, December 2018 – Resources to help family caregivers at the early, mid and late-stages of caregiving.

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Backpack Health’s Application Helps People with Rare Diseases in Developing Countries

Medgadget, November 2018 – Learn more about Backpack Health, a health management app designed to help patients with rare diseases easily keep track of their health information.

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New Rare Disease Action Plan to Affect 21 Nations

Patient Worthy, November 2018 – The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Rare Disease Network has laid out a Rare Disease Action Plan, which includes 10 action steps with the goal to accelerate that rate of diagnosis for people with rare diseases.

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Before ordering a genetic test, get to know GINA

MedPage Today’s KevinMD.com, November 2018 – Learn more about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a U.S. federal law to protect patients from discrimination based on their genetic testing outcomes

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