Can at-home genetic tests improve rare diagnosis?

The explosion of the direct-to-consumer DNA testing market could be transformative if genomics data is used in conjunction with the NHS to improve our understanding of rare diseases

The fight for equal access to rare disease treatment

Rare disease patients in developing countries and rural regions are often neglected, and in need of diagnosis backed up by treatment and research

Diagnosis is just the beginning of the battle

The UK lags behind other countries in getting the right treatments to rare disease patients, but promising developments are underway in a bid to help improve access

How rare diseases can impact mental health

Mental health is fast becoming recognised as the missing piece of the puzzle in rare disease support

Why buyers’ clubs are the last option for desperate families

How an ongoing pricing battle between the NHS and an American biopharmaceutical giant led to a buyers’ club for cystic fibrosis drugs in the UK

Ultra-rare disease diagnosis is an uphill battle

Incredibly uncommon and hard to diagnose and treat, how can we advance the treatment of ultra-rare diseases if there are still so many unknowns?

How better genetic screening could save babies’ lives

Babies are tested for a number of conditions soon after birth, but varied approaches to screening worldwide highlight how fragmented the medical profession remains over this vital process

Why are orphan drugs so expensive?

Current methods to determine the right value for orphan drugs remain controversial, yet the fast-tracking of new therapies marks a big step forward for the industry