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Foundation for Prader-Willi Blog | Research (2)

IPWSO Survey Finds Most COVID-Positive People With PWS Had Mild Cases

COVID-19 infections may be particularly worrisome for our loved ones with PWS, since many of the complications associated with PWS—obesity, diabetes, poor respiratory function—are known risk factors for severe COVID disease. In addition, other neurod...

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Sleep Disorders and PWS [2021 CONFERENCE VIDEO]

In this 1 hour and 19‑minute video, Dr. Aaron Chidekel, a pediatric sleep specialist, and Cindy Szapacs, mom to a teenage son with PWS, discuss excessive daytime sleepiness and other symptoms and treatments for sleep disorders in people with PWS. The...

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Strategies for Managing Behavior in PWS [2021 CONFERENCE VIDEO]

In this one hour and 17‑minute video, Dr. Tony Holland, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Cambridge University, discusses strategies for effective behavior management in PWS. The session includes Q&A from participants in the 2021 FPWR Virtual Con...

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Exciting New Treatment May Reduce Disruptive Behaviors in PWS

Recent evidence from FPWR-supported studies show that Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) may reduce temper outbursts and other disruptive behaviors in individuals with PWS. With your support, FPWR is taking the steps needed to advance a clinical trial of ...

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Baby Teeth Cells Give Insight on the Molecular Basis of Autism in PWS

In Prader‑Willi syndrome (PWS), the two main genetic subtypes are PWS by deletion (a small part of dad’s chromosome 15 is missing), and PWS by maternal uniparental disomy (UPD; where two copies of chromosome 15 are present from the mother with no cop...

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FPWR Announces 1st Round of 2022 Grants of Over $1M in Funding [VIDEO]

The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research announces our first round of Research Awards in 2022 totaling $1,137,148. Our largest single round of funding in FPWR history, FPWR is excited to fund a robust group of 10 grants that encompass projects that w...

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A Photo of Your Loved One May Help Another Family Receive a Diagnosis

Rare genetic disorders can often be challenging to diagnose, resulting in a long diagnostic odyssey. New research aims to shorten the time it takes to get a diagnosis by utilizing artificial intelligence to analyze facial features. Photos of individu...

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Feeding Techniques for Children Ages 0-2 [2021 CONFERENCE VIDEO]

In this 59‑minute video, Sara Parker, MA, a pediatric speech pathologist, discusses feeding techniques for children with Prader‑Willi syndrome ages 0‑2. The session includes Q&A from participants in the 2021 FPWR Virtual Conference. Click below t...

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Ghrelin drug shows no impact on hyperphagia in PWS in a clinical trial

Ghrelin is a small hormone produced in the stomach that stimulates increased appetite. Although it mediates other important effects, such as growth hormone release and a better ability to cope with stress, its direct impact on appetite led to it bein...

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