Author Archives: Mary Chapman

EveryLife Introduces First of Kind ‘Roadmap’ to ICD Codes

To help patient advocacy leaders and their partners better understand how global health statistics codes — known as ICD codes — are assigned, updated, and revised in the U.S. health information system, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is presenting a first-of-its-kind resource guide. The foundation created the…

Cure SMA Offers US Patients Free Tools to Boost Their Independence

Cure SMA is offering free “independence assistance packages” to teenagers and adults with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in the U.S. to assist with everyday living or to help make living on their own possible. The Teen & Adult Independence Assistance Package is meant to supplement the nonprofit organization’s…

Cure SMA Offers Free Virtual Therapy Sessions

To help with stress or anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic or other issues, adult patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in the U.S. are being offered up to three half-hour live video sessions with a licensed therapist. The Adults with SMA Virtual Therapy Program is free…

Rare Disease Day at NIH, Set for March 1, Growing Year by Year

Rare Disease Day at NIH, organized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and taking place on March 1, will feature panel discussions, patient stories, research updates, TED-style talks, and a presentation by a Nobel laureate recently recognized for her work on a gene editing tool. The free, virtual…

NORD’s 6th ‘State Report Card’ Notes Progress, Raises Concerns

While progress was made last year on newborn screening and other policy issues critical to rare disease patients, a “State Report Card” argues that many concerns — notably out-of-pocket costs for prescription medicines and access to affordable comprehensive care — still need attention. Those were the findings of…

Cure SMA to Open Series of Career Panel Webinars on Feb. 16

Beginning next month, Cure SMA will offer a three-part Career Panel Webinar Series tailored to the spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) community in the United States. The series, sponsored by Biogen, opens Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. EST. The hourlong event will include a question-and-answer session, and those interested…

NORD’s Caregiver Respite Program Continues Through Pandemic

Caring for a loved one with a rare disease, especially during these uncertain times, demands significant time, attention, patience, and dedication. To help meet that need, the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)’s Rare Caregiver Respite Program may be a helpful resource. The program seeks to give…