Airing weekdays at 7:30 A.M. on

Airing weekdays at 7:30 A.M. on

FOP, or fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, is one of the rarest and most disabling genetic conditions known to medicine. It occurs when bone forms in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues.

There are no other known examples in medicine of one normal organ system turning into another. In a sense, people with FOP have an extra skeleton. We meet, Nancy, a courageous patient who has lived with FOP for 60 years. Today, FOP affects every joint in her body, except most of her fingers. At this time, there is no treatment for FOP, and the disorder will only worsen as the body continues to form new bone.

A breakthrough occurred in 2006 when a research team pinpointed a single gene mutation, one letter out of six billion in the human genome that causes the runaway bone growth of FOP. Since the discovery, research efforts for a cure accelerated and spurred drug development to help stop the progression of this disease.

On this episode of The Balancing Act, we’re discussing all things health and science with a side dish of QuickBytes. BioTE Medical is a leader in Precision and Preventive Medicine. They create patient-centric strategies that optimize hormones for women and men. Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer […]

Since 1925, Lewis Bake Shop has been rising to the challenge of baking the very best products with a forward-thinking passion for growth and innovation. The result: Bread for the way you live™.

BioTE Medical is a leader in Precision and Preventive Medicine. They create patient-centric strategies that optimize hormones for women and men.

Comments

comments