Breast Cancer Awareness

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting women worldwide. In 2010, it was estimated that approximately 1.6 million women developed breast cancer. Current incidence rates...

The Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia, currently affecting over 5 million Americans. Warning signs and symptoms of AD include memory loss, challenges in planning or solving problems, confusion with time or...

National Fragile X Syndrome Awareness Day

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  Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that affects 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 8,000 girls worldwide, and yet many people have never heard of it. July 22nd marks the 14th anniversary...

Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness

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Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a serious genetic condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and yet many people have never heard of this disease. June 17th through June 23rd marked PKD Awareness Week. Although...

National HIV Testing Day

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June 27th is National HIV Testing Day, an awareness campaign created in 1995 to promote testing as a useful method for controlling HIV. More than 1 million people in the US are living with HIV...

Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness

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June 19th marks anniversary of Sickle Cell Awareness Day, and September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Since its inception, many organizations have come together to bring more awareness to this serious genetic disease. What is sickle cell...

April Is National Autism Awareness Month

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, which was first celebrated in the early 1970s. It presents a special opportunity to educate people about autism and those issues that are most important to the autism community. Despite...

Living With A Rare Disease: The Strength of Family

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Worldwide, there are between 5,000 to 7,000 rare diseases in existence. For those living with a rare disease finding access to proper care or an appropriate network of support can pose a significant challenge. Today...

Living With A Rare Disease: Writing Through Chronic Illness

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Worldwide, there are between 5,000 to 7,000 rare diseases in existence.  For those living with a rare disease finding access to proper care or an appropriate network of support can pose a significant challenge.  Today...