Rare Disease Special
February 29, 2016
It's in your genes
The Balancing Act – Rare Disease Day Special. Shining the spotlight on rare diseases such as Hunter’s Syndrome and ATTR – Alnylam Amyloidosis. Plus we attend the Global Genes Summit & Gala to celebrate those most afflicted. Battling a rare medical condition that’s often misdiagnosed. Imagine having a rare, debilitating disease that’s passed down through families. Dr. John Berk, Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University… and Clinical Director of its Amyloidosis Center, joins us to discuss the medical condition called Transthyretin-Mediated Amyloidosis .. or ATTR. Its symptoms are similar to other conditions and ATTR patients are very often misdiagnosed. We’ll discuss symptoms, family connections and treatment options, in this Behind the Mystery: Rare & Genetic segment. And meet Dylan Duncan, who’s battling the disease.
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The Balancing Act Goes Behind the Scenes with the creative team of “Love Never Dies.” It’s the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece, “The Phantom of The Opera.” Set 10 years later, the Phantom has escaped from Paris to New York’s Coney Island. He has finally found a place for his music to soar, all […]
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Primary Periodic Paralysis (PPP) is a rare condition that causes attacks that affect your muscles, resulting in extreme muscle weakness or temporary paralysis, most often with an inability to stand independently, or even sit up. Primary periodic paralysis is not just one condition, but a group of inherited neuromuscular disorders. Although this condition is very […]