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Epigenetic Changes to DNA May Be Linked to PWS Symptoms

Specific epigenetic modifications — chemical marks added to DNA that affect the way genes work — are found in people with Prader–Willi syndrome (PWS), and may affect how the disease manifests, a small study reported. These findings may help in understanding how genes contribute to the disease and open…

New Data-sharing Program Aims to Speed Innovation in Rare Diseases

A new U.S. initiative called Rare Disease Cures Accelerator–Data and Analytics Platform — dubbed RDCA–DAP — aims to accelerate treatment innovation across rare diseases by sharing existing patient data and promoting the standardization of new data collection. Launched during a virtual workshop in September, the U.S. Food and Drug…

New Institute Aims to Leave No Rare Disease Patient Behind

A newly launched non-profit institute is seeking to advance research, and the development of new therapies, for people with rare diseases — a patient community with some of the largest therapeutic needs, but one that is often left behind. Named the Institute for Life Changing Medicines, the project was…

Dosing Begins in Phase 1 Trial of INV-102, Potential PWS Therapy

The first healthy volunteers were dosed in a Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating Inversago Pharma‘s INV-102, a potential therapy for Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and other metabolic disorders. According to a company press release, the trial, underway in Canada, started dosing following a “No Objection Letter” from Health Canada.

Results of DCCR Extension Study Support FDA Application, Soleno Says

One year of treatment with Soleno Therapeutics’ investigational oral therapy diazoxide choline controlled release, known as DCCR, significantly reduced excessive appetite and disease-related behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) patients, according to top-line data from an extension study of the DESTINY PWS Phase 3 trial. These trajectories were significantly…

Group Focuses on Rare Disease Clinical Trial Participation

Participation in clinical trials exposes rare disease patients to financial, physical, and emotional pressures, according to the results of a patient focus group series. “Rare disease trial participants are running an endurance race they are highly motivated to complete, but these incremental burdens negatively impact their ability or willingness to…