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Developing Enzyme Replacement Therapy – An Insider’s Perspective

Enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) was first approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1991. This revolutionary therapy was the first discovered to correct the underlying enzyme deficiency that causes the non-neuronopathic symptoms of Gaucher disease types 1 and 3. Today, thousands of people living with Gaucher disease receive ERT infusions about… Read More »

Topics: About Gaucher Disease, Gaucher Disease Research, Gaucher Disease Treatment

[MEDTalks Video] Managing Bone Health

Growth in Gaucher: Managing Bone Health Dr. Heather A. Lau, MD, MS, Assistant Professor and Director of the Lysosomal Storage Disorders Program at New York University School of Medicine, discusses managing bone health for those who have Gaucher disease with an emphasis on the impact early intervention and treatment, particularly when introduced before or during… Read More »

Topics: About Gaucher Disease, Gaucher Disease Research, Living With Gaucher Disease

[MEDTalks Video] Does the Key Biomarker of Gaucher Disease Hold the Key to Understanding?

Illuminating Lyso-Gyl 1: Does the Key Biomarker of Gaucher Disease Hold the Key to Understanding? Dr. Pramod Mistry, MBBS, PhD, FRCP, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, discusses the importance of bio markers as they relate to patients with Gaucher disease. He illuminates the… Read More »

Topics: About Gaucher Disease, Gaucher Disease Research

Clinical Trials & Gaucher Disease: Phases, Types, & What You Should Know

Medical research has always been important for furthering our understanding of disease. Through the completion of clinical studies, doctors and scientists identify new and effective treatment methods for some of the rarest diseases, including Gaucher disease. Gaucher Disease Clinical Trials The mainstay of Gaucher disease treatment—enzyme replacement therapy (ERT)—was developed thanks to clinical trials. More… Read More »

Topics: About Gaucher Disease, Gaucher Disease Research

Repealing the Affordable Care Act & The Effects It Can Have

What is the Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents one of the most substantial changes to our nation’s healthcare policy since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. The legislation was first introduced and approved by a Democratic congressional majority. The Obama administration signed the ACA into law on March 23, 2010. When… Read More »

Topics: Insurance

What You Should Know About At-Home Genetic and Ancestry Testing Kits

Genetic testing, including ancestry testing, has increased in popularity in recent years thanks to direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits. In the past, consumers had to go through healthcare providers for any type of genetic testing. Now, anyone can order an inexpensive DNA test online from one of several genetic testing companies. In 2018 alone, over 12… Read More »

Topics: About Gaucher Disease

Gaucher: SRT, ERT & Drug Interactions | National Gaucher Foundation

Gaucher Disease: Enzyme Replacement Therapy, Substrate Reduction Therapy & Potential Drug Interaction Side Effects Substrate reduction therapy (SRT) first debuted as an alternative method of treating Gaucher disease in 2003. At that time, miglustat (Zavesca®) was the only known oral medication capable of managing Gaucher disease symptoms to prevent the condition from worsening. In 2014,… Read More »

Topics: About Gaucher Disease, Gaucher Disease Research, Gaucher Disease Treatment

Ambassador Spotlight: Lauren Edwards

What were the events leading up to your diagnosis? What first led me to my diagnosis was getting a required blood test prior to starting Accutane, an oral medication for acne. When my results arrived, I discovered that my iron levels were extremely low and that I was anemic; I was then encouraged to see… Read More »

Topics: About Gaucher Disease, Ambassador Spotlight

Tackling Mental Health Challenges Within the Gaucher Disease Community

Unlike other health problems, which may only affect one specific part of the body, mental health issues have the potential to impact a person’s entire life. From social well-being to emotional response, your mental health directly impacts your mood, behavior, and patterns of thinking. Mental Health and Chronic Diseases According to the World Health Organization,… Read More »

Topics: Living With Gaucher Disease

Parkinson Disease Risk in the Gaucher Population

Leah Zaretsky, a Master’s Candidate in Genetic Counseling at Mt. Sinai, composed the below post. Leah shares the research findings from her thesis study survey entitled Knowledge and Attitudes of Parkinson Disease Risk in the Gaucher Population. View her presentation here. This presentation is property of Leah Zaretsky and no portion should be used without… Read More »

Topics: Gaucher Disease Research

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