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Rett syndrome Independence Day Gets (hopefully) a Little Closer! Trofinetide Reopens- An Interview with Dr. Jim Youakim

On Saturday June 27, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Jim Youakim, Vice President of Research and Development, to get an update on the trofinetide trial and it’s recent reopen. Bill Keller, Executive Director of Patient Advocacy, joined … Continue reading

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ACADIA Talks Trofinetide and Covid-19: An Interview with Dr. Jim Youakim

Recently, I was given the incredible opportunity to interview Dr. Jim Youakim, Vice President of Research and Development. This was a bit out of my wheelhouse, but he and Bill Keller, Executive Director of Patient Advocacy, were very gracious in … Continue reading

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Even Still, We Must Reach for the STARS

Hyperventilation, daytime apnea, breath-holding– whatever name you call it by, it’s a horrific breathing pattern that severely impacts the quality of life of many of our children and their families. In 2016, Newron Pharmaceuticals undertook the STARS trial, an international … Continue reading

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An Update on Trofinetide Coming Soon to a Blog Near You!

This past weekend, I had the great honor of being chosen to interview  Dr. Jim Youakim. Dr. Youakim heads up the Trofinetide trial from Princeton. I thought I’d give you a preview of his qualifications and some of his thoughts … Continue reading

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Covid-19 and Rett Syndrome

This is a scary time for everyone on the planet. Because I was asked by someone in a country far away, I am posting links for those who may or may not have access to all the resources us in … Continue reading

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Tips for Topsy Turvey Times- App review #1

Ok, we’re all in a boat. There’s a storm outside and we all need to bail! So let’s bail together!! We can all do our own little part to help everyone get through this! PLEASE EMAIL ME m3ml@hotmail.com or through … Continue reading

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Trofinetide Series Part 3-LAVENDER- Arms and Interventions; Outcome Measures-Primary AKA a Leap Toward Proving Efficacy

Deep breath everybody. This is starting to get into the nitty gritty of what the hopes are for Trofinetide and how success will be measured. This can get complicated and I will try my very best to make it easy … Continue reading

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Our Unconquerable Souls

Nearly 70 years ago, Andreas RettĀ  observed two girls in his office with similar symptoms and thus began the known journey of Rett syndrome. In 1966 several German publications recognized his work. However, it wasn’t until 1983 that Dr. Bengt … Continue reading

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A Crystal of Happiness and Hope

There is a poem I love. It serves to remind me that we are all entitled to the “Pursuit of Happiness” but also that you must learn to be content with any pieces you find because, in truth, no one … Continue reading

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Trofinetide Series-Part 2: LAVENDER-Study Description and Study Design

Alrighty then! Time to start breaking down the information on ClinicalTrial.gov. It’s going to take a while to get through all the info, however I will try to keep in concise and understandable. The key, here, is that the more … Continue reading

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