Author Archives: Mary Chapman

FSR Launches Online Support Group for Chronic Patients

The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) has introduced a new online support group for those with chronic sarcoidosis. The peer-led group, created in response to patient feedback received last year, opens with a six-month schedule that began this month. Patients and caregivers can participate each month in one…

FSR Small Research Grants Aim to Improve Patient Outcomes

Two university professors have each been awarded $25,000 small research grants from the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) to pursue projects aimed at improving outcomes for people with sarcoidosis. Researcher Maneesh Bhargava, MD, PhD, of the University of Minnesota, will use the grant to focus on inflammation in…

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…

This April, Celebrate Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

From taking part in a virtual endurance challenge to joining in a virtual cooking class, to watching several speaker presentations, advocates are set to mark Sarcoidosis Awareness Month, observed each April. World Sarcoidosis Day will be celebrated on April 13. Awareness and education are crucial to increasing the recognition,…

Virtual Vigil Planned as Part of Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month and the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) is holding a virtual Memorial Monday Candlelight Vigil on April 26 to honor those who have died from the rare disease. The hour-long webinar starts at 5 p.m. CST and will feature a special tribute presentation and speakers. The…

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…

Pandemic Won’t Stop Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28

Scores of virtual events are afoot around the world to mark Rare Disease Day 2021 on Feb. 28. The activities are focused on heightening awareness about rare diseases and the hundreds of millions of individuals they are thought to affect. Patients, caregivers, and advocates worldwide will sport denim ribbons…

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 the…