Eating disorders can take many forms. There is evidence to show that people with one form may transition to another over time. How and why this happens has not been closely examined, until now.
30 million Americans are affected by rare diseases – more than half are children.
“We never know when a rare disease will affect us or someone we love.”
Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D, Medical School, speaks from experience, treating children at the University of Minnesota with inherited diseases that are severe, many times, fatal. There are more than 7,000 rare diseases currently known to medical experts, and only 4% have an effective treatment.
New research in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows pediatric kidney transplant recipients have significantly improved one-year survival rates, as well as improved organ function after 10 years. Study investigator Srinath Chinnakotla, MD, FACS, attribute the improvements to better surgical techniques, anti-rejection medication and living donor protocols.
A young girl named Zuzia and her family traveled from Poland to University of Minnesota seeking treatment for a rare, incurable disease. Her outcome was life-changing. Jakub Tolar, M.D., director of the Stem Cell Institute and vice dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, has pioneered a procedure to help patients overcome this debilitating genetic disorder. Health Talk is sharing this story in observance of Rare Disease Day 2017. It was written by Nicole Endres and first published in University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine.
ACL tears in patients ages 6-18 have increased about 2.3 percent each year for the past 20 years, marking a significant upward trend. The injuries coincided with high school, suggesting a link with more intense sporting activity. The data, published in the latest journal Pediatrics, could help doctors prevent, detect and treat such issues in young patients.