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It takes a long time to develop a new drug. Not to mention it can be very expensive. But why does it take so long and cost so much? In this article, we will be going through the five key steps in drug development to shed some light on this process. Step 1: Discovery and...
Recent News:  FDA approves first gene-editing treatment for human illness In the vast landscape of medical advancements, hope is a powerful force. Disclaimer:  I wrote this article after I read the above story about Sickle Cell.  Please do your own research and talk to your medical professional about the possibilities for other conditions like Ataxia....
Dr. Tetsuo Ashizawa, affectionately known as Dr. Tee, has carved an extraordinary path in the realm of ataxia research and patient care, leaving an indelible mark on the medical community. Born in Tokyo in 1948, Dr. Tee’s journey from medical school in Japan to becoming an internationally acclaimed physician-scientist in the United States was filled...
October 27, 2023 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA-16), Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA-07), Reps. Neal Dunn (R-FL-02), and Mike Thompson (D-CA-04), introduced the Providing Realistic Opportunity To Equal and Comparable Treatment for Rare (PROTECT Rare) Act. This legislation will support rare disease patients. In getting evidence-based, medically necessary care covered by their health insurance. Over 90%...
In the realm of managing movement disorders, telehealth has emerged as a crucial resource, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent research indicates that over 60% of individuals living with Parkinson’s disease have embraced virtual visits with their physicians, marking a significant increase from previous usage rates. Beyond Parkinson’s disease, patients grappling with various movement disorders...
Through the rhythm of music, we find a bridge that unites the discord of ataxia, guiding every step towards harmony and newfound freedom. Unknown The human body’s ability to move seamlessly is a gift often taken for granted. However, even simple movements can be difficult for those of us with movement problems like Ataxia. Ataxia refers to...
Marth’s website: and Post Published: April 29, 2022 Biogen have announced that they are starting a Phase I clinical trial for their Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3 (SCA3) treatment BIIB132. A Phase I trial tests a treatment in a small group of people to look at its safety and gain information about dosage levels. BIIB132 is...
Marth’s website: and Post Published: December 12, 2022Ataxia is a neurological condition that occurs in children and adults. In fact, 26 out of 100,000 children are afflicted with this condition. Despite this high prevalence rate, there is still no cure for this disease. Even medicines are not very successful in slowing the progression of...
7 April 2021 – Healx – Article from Marth’s website: UK is the leading charity in the United Kingdom for people affected by ataxia. An umbrella term for a group of neurological disorders. That targets the nervous system and affects balance, coordination, and speech. FARA (Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance) is a non-profit organization in the...
In recent years, innovations in tardive dyskinesia treatment have shifted the balance of power back to patients. Previously, those experiencing this debilitating movement disorder often faced limited options and significant social stigma. However, the introduction of novel VMAT2 inhibitors has provided hope and relief for many individuals. Tardive dyskinesia, characterized by involuntary movements such as...
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