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Ask Nurse Lynn: Estrogen and Progesterone

Question: Female, 21, Deletion My daughter with PWS (deletion) is wondering how common it is for females to be told by an endocrinologist to take estrogen and progesterone for the rest of their lives. She has already developed a blood clot (now resolved) and was told by another doctor that hormonal therapy could be a...

TREND Community

TREND Community is a “community-powered data analytics company, unlocking people’s conversations about living with rare and chronic diseases, delivering actionable, real-world insights, and driving progress in health care.”  For 2.5 years PWSA | USA has been partnering with TREND Community to turn our online support groups into a source of real-world evidence. By collecting the...

Staying Safe in the Heat

Summer is well underway, and parts of the U.S. are experiencing extreme temperatures and high heat index warnings. While these conditions can pose a threat to anyone, they especially put our loved ones with PWS at risk for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Due to the dysfunction of the hypothalamus, Individuals with PWS struggle to...

Empowering Diversity and Inclusion for the PWS Community

In a significant step towards fostering equity and inclusion within our Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) community, we are pleased to announce a collaborative initiative aimed at improving the standard of care and support for marginalized individuals living with PWS and their families. This initiative, undertaken with the active involvement of several community members, seeks to ensure...

Photo of toddler with Prader-Willi syndrome lounging on a chair on Mexico

Traveling Abroad with PWS

contributed by Anne Fricke When Language Is an Obstacle The first time we traveled outside the US with Freya, I packed, as the saying goes, “everything but the kitchen sink.” Along with our ergo baby carrier and a cheap stroller we bought for the occasion, we traveled with our cooler for the growth hormone and...

Adult with Prader-Willi syndrome on horseback

Connections, Education, and Supervision

contributed by Jamie Prentice, Mom to Logan, 31, living with PWS Advice for Transitioning into Adulthood It is important to gather information and familiarize yourself with SSI, your state’s Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Guardianship, Stable Accounts, and Special Needs Trusts long before your child becomes an adult. I would start taking workshops or...

Post a Message for Father’s Day

*In the interest of space, please note that when we use the term “Dad”, we not only refer to biological fathers, but also those male figures who are an outstanding, constant, and loving presence in your loved one’s life. And you single moms filling both roles, this is for you as well! We know that...

Photo collage of individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome doing various activities like horseback riding, hockey, swimming, saxophone

No Limits

When we receive a diagnosis of Prader-Willi syndrome, often we also receive a litany of “cannots” and “will nevers”. We may let ourselves dwell, even if momentarily, in that world of negatives and adventures never-to-be. We mourn the future we thought we once possessed, thought our loved one possessed. Some would argue it is part...

Ask Nurse Lynn: Procreation and Genetics in PWS

Question: Female, 34, Deletion My daughter continues to wonder how/why some ladies with PWS have been able to conceive, give birth. As a teenager, an ultrasound determined that she had “follicles”, but she’s not ever menstruated. She continues to want to investigate the possibility of becoming pregnant. We’ve explained that this is highly unlikely, but...

Fueling Hope: Aardvark Therapeutics’ $85M Boost Powers Breakthrough PWS Treatment

Aardvark Therapeutics has just hit a major milestone with an exciting $85 million Series C financing round! Led by Decheng Capital, with additional participation from several investors, including PWSA | USA, this funding is set to drive the development of ARD-101, a groundbreaking treatment for hyperphagia in Prader-Willi syndrome patients. ARD-101 showed promising early trial...

Nutrition Discourse in the PWS Community

Why is it important to talk about food in the PWS community? As of now, Growth Hormone is the only FDA approved treatment for PWS, and it does not address the hallmark symptom of hyperphagia (excessive hunger). The most common and effective strategies for managing the symptoms of hyperphagia and slower metabolism are through diet...

Rare Disease Advocates Will Unite in Washington, D.C., to Celebrate National Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) Awareness Month, National PWS Awareness Day

May 8, 2024 (Washington, D.C.) — Prepare for a powerful convergence in the heart of Washington, D.C., on May 15th as advocates for individuals living with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) gather for PWSA | USA’s important advocacy event, the D.C. Fly-In. This year marks the 2nd National PWS Awareness Day, a significant milestone achieved through the...

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Guardianship, SSI, and Feeling Valued

contributed by Tammie Penta, mom to Victor, 30, living with PWS Living with an adult with PWS is both gratifying and exhausting. When your child is young, it seems like 18 is a long time away. Although it is, there are so many things we as parents need to do or consider to prepare for...

Preserving Progress: Stand Up for Fully Funding the BRAIN Initiative!

The NIH-BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies – Initiative), is a partnership between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and nonfederal funding sources to advance innovative neurotechnologies to revolutionize the understanding of the brain/neurocircuitry. Since its inception in 2013, this program has had important impacts on our understanding of normal brain function this...

Prader-Willi Syndrome Research

Request for Prader-Willi Syndrome Research and Mini-Fellowship Grant Applications

PWSA | USA is currently seeking research project applications with direct impacts on individuals and families affected by PWS. We are offering mini-fellowship grants to support providers in enhancing their understanding of PWS through clinical proctorships. Research priorities include expanding knowledge about PWS, applying therapies, and attracting new providers and investigators to the field. Funding...

Ask Nurse Lynn: G-Tubes for Infants

Question: Female, 5 months, Deletion Have you seen an increase in infants being denied a G-tube? Our pediatrician recommended us for one after we’ve had a lot of trouble with the NG tube and put in the referral, but the surgeon said there’s a new study showing a 37% risk of complications and denied us...

Photo collage of a man with Prader-Willi Syndrome in a hockey uniform on the ice, one photo of him posing with a mascot and a child with PWS

The Great Blizz

with a contribution from James Towle James Towle, a 38-year-old living with Prader-Willi Syndrome, plays with the Great Blizzards of Massachusetts, Inclusive Ice Hockey. He recently had the opportunity to speak publicly about his experiences with hockey, some of the challenges of having PWS, and how he has overcome those to get out on the...

Breaking Ground: FDA Grants Breakthrough Designation for PWS Drug Development

Big news! Soleno Therapeutics has announced a groundbreaking achievement: diazoxide choline (DCCR) has been granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA for Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). This marks a significant milestone as the FIRST-EVER designation for a drug developed for PWS. The designation underscores the FDA’s recognition of PWS as a serious condition and the potential...

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