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Today on The Balancing Act, we examine health issues and solutions for a variety of conditions and ailments.

First, we go Behind the Mystery of a rare disease, fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, or FOP for short. One of the rarest and most disabling genetic conditions known to medicine, FOP occurs when bone forms in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues. 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.

Next, we explore how to treat hair loss. From the causes, symptoms to preventative measures, scalp care and diet, many factors are involved in hair loss. Up to 40% of women experience some type of hair loss or alopecia—it’s not just an issue for men. Haircare expert Glenice Beale introduces Nioxin, a range of products designed to strengthen, nourish and repair thinning hair from the scalp, its foundation. Additionally, Brittany Cocilova shares her personal experience with hair thinning and the results she experienced while using Nioxin.

Finally, we look at Lyme Disease, an ailment that affects almost 400,000 Americans each year, a number that’s on the rise. Early detection and treatment can help resolve symptoms and prevent progression of Lyme disease. There is now a more timely solution for diagnosis. Sofia 2 Lyme FIA is the only CLIA-waived tier one Lyme test in the market.

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD®) is celebrating Rare Disease Day 2021 with The Balancing Act.

Travis Flores is a 29-year-old cystic fibrosis survivor and a recipient of a very rare third double-lung transplant in May 2020.

The Balancing Act has partnered with the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and WEGO Health to shine a light on rare diseases and the impact they have on patients.

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