Beyond Achondroplasia

Growing together with Clara

March 1, 2015
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Surgical treatment for cervicomedullary compression among infants with achondroplasia

Dr. Shimony’s team published on the 17th of February 2015 in the Childs Nerv. Syst. journal, an article about respiratory failure being responsible for most deaths among children with achondroplasia and that it is often related to cervicomedullary compression (CMC). … Continue reading

November 6, 2014
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Midfacial hypoplasia in achondroplasia: How surgery can rescue the upper respiratory function

One of achondroplasia caracteristics is midface hypoplasia, a facial dysmorphology. Hypoplasia is the underdevelopment or incomplete development of a tissue or organ. In this case, midface hypoplasia (blue region in the image) is the maxillary bone region hypoplasia and or depressed nasal bridge. In … Continue reading

October 17, 2014
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Achondroplasia highlights

During three full days, the V International Congress around Achondroplasia and other Skeletal Dysplasia took place in the north of Spain, very well-organized by Alpe Foundation. Several world-renowned experts attended, giving one or more lectures, over 500 people registered, mainly parents … Continue reading

September 25, 2014
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Anual MRI

Since the surprise from the results of the first MRI, when Clara was 9 months old, that anxiety was always there on the other two times Clara was submitted to this exam. The sedation procedure with inhalatory anesthetic is smooth and painless … Continue reading

September 18, 2014
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Statins for achondroplasia?

Nature journal published yesterday an article connecting statins to achondroplasia treatment. You can read the abstract of the article “Statin treatment rescues FGFR3 skeletal dysplasia phenotypes“.A. Yamashita et al. Nature,doi:10.1038/nature13775, 2014 Statins or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors are a class of drugs used … Continue reading

September 15, 2014
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Orphan Drugs Summit 2014 – Media partner

We are just two days of this great event and I’m honored to have been chosen to participate as a media partner. The Orphan Drugs Summit is the leading rare disease event in Northern Europe. A well-established platform where pharmaceutical companies … Continue reading

September 5, 2014
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5th International Congress around achondroplasia and other skeletal dysplasias

Alpe Foundation, one of the most important spanish and european organisations for achondroplasia, is promoting  the 5th Congress, that will take place in north of Spain, Gijon, on the 11th, 12th and 13th October 2014. Their webpage is in spanish … Continue reading

August 29, 2014
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What can 3D bioprinting do for achondroplasia?

The last days, I have been doing some research about 3d bioprinting and I´m completely amazed by all that I found. This impressive technic is a huge evolution in medicine and it shows obvious signs that it will, in a … Continue reading

August 17, 2014
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Neurologic signs of cervico-medullary compression

Lately, I´ve knew about other children with Clara´s age and with achondroplasia that had to undergone emergency cervico-medullary decompression surgery. I know also that some parents observe strange signs in their children without recognizing them to be neurologic alterations. I … Continue reading

July 24, 2014
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The long way up

Rarely I´ve mentioned here the hard and slow road of limb lenghtening. My first research on achondroplasia was at the day we received the genetic report confirming Clara had achondroplasia. Some moments get engraved in our memories in the hardest … Continue reading

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