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Cannabinoids Ease EB Pain and Itchiness, Patients Say in Survey

Cannabinoid medications, those derived from cannabis, improve overall well-being and ease perceptions of pain and itchiness, more than 90% of epidermolysis bullosa (EB) patients who responded to a global survey reported. About 80% also reported taking fewer opioids, or stopping opioid use, to help with disease symptoms after starting on…

New Institute Aims to Leave No Rare Disease Patient Behind

A newly launched non-profit institute is seeking to advance research, and the development of new therapies, for people with rare diseases — a patient community with some of the largest therapeutic needs, but one that is often left behind. Named the Institute for Life Changing Medicines, the project was…

Extent of Malnutrition in Child Reflects EB Severity, Study in India Finds

Malnutrition, both moderate and severe, is fairly common among children with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) living in India, a study suggests. A child’s degree of malnutrition also correlated with disease severity, its researchers reported. A personalized diet followed for six months significantly improved patients’ nutritional status, particularly among children with dystrophic…

Group Focuses on Rare Disease Clinical Trial Participation

Participation in clinical trials exposes rare disease patients to financial, physical, and emotional pressures, according to the results of a patient focus group series. “Rare disease trial participants are running an endurance race they are highly motivated to complete, but these incremental burdens negatively impact their ability or willingness to…

debra Providing School Resources to Help EB Students in Class

With the new school year launching, the Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America — better known as debra of America — is aiming to facilitate conversation and collaboration between families of children with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and their teachers and classmates. To that end, debra is providing…

In Rare Case, DEB Linked to Newborn’s Toe Deformities

Dominant dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) may lead to congenital deformities such as disproportionately short great (big) toes, according to a case report. In this rare case, the newborn also lacked skin in the lower part of both legs (a more common symptom of DEB), and with appropriate treatment his wounds…

Eloxx Plans to Advance ZKN-013 as Oral Treatment for RDEB and JEB

Eloxx Pharmaceuticals announced ZKN-013 as its lead oral treatment candidate for recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB) and junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB) caused by nonsense mutations in the COL7A1 gene. Preclinical safety and toxicology studies, required to secure U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for clinical trials of ZKN-013, are…

Register Now for Global Genes’ RARE Patient Advocacy Summit

Registration is now open for Global Genes‘ 2021 RARE Patient Advocacy Summit. This year’s hybrid event will be livestreamed from California Sept. 27-29, and some seats also are available for attending the event in person in San Diego. “Here you’ll have the opportunity to connect and engage with others…

New Mutations Found in Children With Recessive DEB in Vietnam

Three new mutations in the COL7A1 gene and five very rare variants were identified for the first time in children with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB) in Vietnam, a study reported. These findings expand “the spectrum of COL7A1 mutations” and may have implications for the genetic counseling of patients…

NORD Rare Disease Summit, Online Oct. 18-19, Open for Registration

Registration is now open for the 2021 Rare Diseases and Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit, which will be held virtually Oct. 18–19. The event, also known as the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) Summit, brings the rare disease community together to network and discuss developments in treatments and research…