Horizon Carrier Screen
August 29, 2016
Learn About Duchenne
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic condition diagnosed in childhood. The condition primarily affects boys, and about 1 in 3,500 boys are born with Duchenne each year. The condition has a similar incidence to a more well-known condition, cystic fibrosis. Unlike cystic fibrosis, carrier screening for Duchenne has not been as widely available until recently. If a woman is a carrier for Duchenne, she has a 50 percent chance of having an affected child if she has a boy. Join Doctor Kimberly Martin, senior global medical director for Natera, as she discusses the benefits of early carrier screening Duchenne muscular dystrophy. We’ll also hear from Leia, who is a Duchenne carrier and a big advocate of early screening. Leia will discuss how knowing your carrier status can help with family planning decisions and, potentially, your own health.
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.