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Q&A: The MILED Trial

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The MILED Trial is a currently enrolling study led by Dr. Frank McCormack, Scientific Director of The LAM Foundation. The trial seeks to answer an important clinical question about early treatment of LAM. That question is: “Does early treatment of mild LAM symptoms with low dose sirolimus stop progression of disease and cyst formation in the lungs?” The answer to this question will benefit patients with LAM all around the world.

Here, we answer your own questions about the MILED Trial. 

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Tags: clinical trial Dr. Frank McCormack MILED Sirolimus
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Single Cell RNA Sequencing Allows Comprehensive Study of the Genetic Programs of All Cell Types in a Diseased Human Lung

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Studying LAM biological behavior in the laboratory is difficult because the model-based approaches that have been so vital to progress in other diseases have simply not been very good in LAM. There are many reasons for the inadequacy of LAM cell models, including that we don’t know the origin of the LAM cell, and that LAM cells grow slowly, change their signature functions with time in a dish, are often outcompeted by other cells in culture, and do not survive well through multiple passages. Immortalizing LAM cells with viruses can keep them alive but alters them in unpredictable and inauthentic ways. LAM animal models are also problematic; there is no known naturally occurring model of LAM other than in humans, and because we don’t know where LAM starts in the body, we don’t know what cell to target with our genetic manipulations.

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Tags: Single Cell Analysis
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A Phase II Clinical Trial of an Aromatase Inhibitor for Postmenopausal Women with LAM

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Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) predominantly affects women and can worsen with pregnancy, estrogen treatment, and the menstrual cycle, which suggested an important role for estrogen in the development and progression of this disease.

In preclinical laboratory studies, estrogen appeared to promote the growth and spread of LAM-like cells, while suppression of estrogen reduced the survival of LAM cells. In other human clinical trials, there has been a suggestion that lung function declines more slowly in LAM patients after menopause, although this was not clear when this clinical trial was being developed.

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Tags: Research
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Management of Pneumothorax – What is the Best Strategy?

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Pneumothorax (collapsed lung from accumulation of air between the lung and the chest wall) is a significant problem in patients with LAM. Up to 70% of patients will ultimately develop at least one pneumothorax in their lifetime and this is often the first sign of LAM. Most commonly, the pneumothorax occurs spontaneously without inciting factors (such as vigorous exertion). Unlike patients with Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax (which occurs in patients without apparent underlying lung disease) who have about a 25% risk of recurrent pneumothorax after a first episode, three-quarters of women with LAM suffer from recurrence if nothing is done to prevent it. In a survey conducted from The LAM Foundation database, participants reported an average of 3.5 episodes of pneumothorax resulting in an average of one month total spent in the hospital.

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Tags: pneumothorax
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Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): A Monogenic Neoplasm That Provides a Window into Cancer

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The LAM community including LAM researchers, clinicians and patients has made incredible progress over the last 20 years. Frank McCormack and I were honored to write an invited review article “Lymphangioleiomyomatosis: A Monogenic Model of Malignancy” for the prestigious The Annual Review of Medicine, which covers significant developments in various fields of medicine since 1950.

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The Gift of New Lungs and New LAM Cell Discoveries

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In early July, LAM Patient, Linda Grunberg received a much-anticipated call from the lung transplant program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), that it was her turn to receive new lungs. After living with LAM for nearly 20 years, she was certainly ready, “As a LAM patient, I've been coming to HUP for 19 years and had the utmost confidence that this would be the best place to have my transplant.”

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Tags: Lung Transplant Tissue Donation
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Rare Disease Advocates at Work!

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Global Genes Summit

Development Manager, Katie Jensen recently traveled to the Global Genes Rare Patient Advocacy Summit to learn from and collaborate with other rare disease leaders. Read about what she learned, who she met, and why she’s even more inspired for the Patient Benefit Conference & LAMposium LA!

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Tags: Advocacy Global Genes LAMposium LA Patient Benefit Patient Benefit Conference Rare Diesases TS Alliance
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Anyone Can Be a Fundraiser

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From the start, Kristy and I committed ourselves to giving all we could to support The LAM Foundation’s research. But after a couple of years I realized there is only so much that one family can do alone. So, I decided I was going to have a “fund-raiser”.

I had heard many of the success stories about patients, their families and friends having fund-raisers. But, even though I have always enjoyed giving to other people, the idea of asking for money for myself (or even for my family) makes me uncomfortable. I know that a lot of people probably feel this way, but this just was too important to let those feelings deter me.

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Tags: Fundraising
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Advocacy Update: NIH Research Funding

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Since our time on Capitol Hill in late June, there has been much happening around the 2018 congressional budget. Below is the latest regarding NIH funding and information about how you can continue to help ensure this important funding is sustained in the 2018 budget.

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Tags: Advocacy NIH Funding
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The New Zealand LAM Charitable Trust

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The New Zealand LAM Charitable Trust was founded in 1999 by Bronwyn Gray and communicates with nearly 20 women with LAM. The home office is located in Auckland, New Zealand with one full-time employee, a voluntary coordinator and fundraiser and an eight member voluntary trustee group. The LAM Charitable Trust works closely with Scientific Advisor, Professor Merv Merrilees and Medical Advisors, Professor John Kolbe from the University of Auckland along with Dr. Christine Forster.

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Tags: LAM Awareness WWLAM
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LAM Netherlands

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LAM-Netherlands was founded in 2010 by Ine van Meijeren and communicates with 60 women with LAM. The headquarters for LAM-Netherlands is in Wijk and Aalburg. The organization is run by four volunteers, when needed, they ask for help from local women with LAM and their families.

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Tags: LAM Awareness WWLAM
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FLAM Association - France Lymphangioléiomyomatose

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FLAM Association (France Lymphangioléiomyomatose) was founded in July 2001 by Michèle Gonzalves and communicates with approximately 160 patients. The head office is based in Gosselming (Moselle, department 57). The Council has 10 members, all volunteers.

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Tags: LAM Awareness WWLAM
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