Medical & Scientific News

Gift to support wide range of inquiry from bench-to-bedside, social, and psychological studies to behavioral research involving the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes, hypermobility spectrum disorders, related symptoms, and associated conditions—worldwide. BALTIMORE, MD — The Ehlers-Danlos Society has received a $200,000 gift from one of its generous benefactors to accelerate new research into the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS), hypermobility […]
EDS Comorbidity Coalition to create a global resource for practical guidance in the assessment and management of all types of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS), hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD), their related symptoms, and associated conditions. AUGUST 22, 2018, BALTIMORE, MD — Thanks to the generosity of a major donor, The EDS Comorbidity Coalition—a partnership established in 2016 […]
AUGUST 9, 2018 – The Ehlers-Danlos Society funds research at all stages, scopes, and scales. Our microgrants provide funds to early-stage investigations primarily designed to provide evidence or “proof of concept” to encourage larger studies. We are pleased to announce our first group of successful applications that include research into aspects of chronic pain, dental […]
Summary by Dr. Rubina Aktar, PhD In the past 15 years, scientific advances have shown that bowel symptoms are very common in hypermobility related disorders, and in particular, hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). This group of patients have a problem with the extracellular matrix (ECM), which is the scaffold that supports joints and organs. Patients with […]
A new, autosomal recessive type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome has been discovered; it is very rare, so far found in only four individuals from three unrelated families. Exome sequencing (which looks at a subset of DNA—the genes that are responsible for proteins—and describes how those genes are assembled) revealed unusual variations in the AEBP1 gene. These […]
APRIL 4, 2018, BALTIMORE, MD USA — As part of its ongoing efforts to improve diagnostic and treatment outcomes for people living with the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes throughout the world, The International Consortium on the Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Related Disorders has significantly expanded the scope of its collaborative research endeavors by: Establishing new working groups for […]
We are very pleased to report that following an effort led by Dr. Brad Tinkle with support from pharma companies and the International Consortium on Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and Related Disorders, a proposed change to the ICD-10 diagnosis codes was presented at the recent committee meeting. It will go for public opinion then be voted on […]
The International Consortium on Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and Related Disorders was created following the 2017 diagnostic criteria and management and care guidelines. The Consortium is an independent group of medical professionals and patient experts committed to progress, research, and collaboration in the field, to work on the many challenges and research questions faced by families, clinicians, […]
The Ehlers-Danlos Society has assisted Genomics England with the EDS gene panel for the 100,000 Genomes Project. The EDS panel has been reviewed by members of the International Consortium for Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and related disorders. The Society were contacted by the team working on the 100,000 Genomes project following the work surrounding the new diagnostic […]
Abstract Background: Generalised Joint Hypermobility (GJH) is a hereditary condition with an ability to exceed the joints beyond the normal range. The prevalence of GJH in the adult population and its impact on upper body musculoskeletal health and quality of life has mostly been studied in selected populations. The aims of this study were therefore, […]
Beyond Diagnosis: A Case Study on Healing Time is a recent paper just added to our “EDS Medical Articles” section (https://ehlers-danlos.com/eds-articles-research/). This study reflects about how, along one year, a Pediatric Care Team managed the case of a 16 years old girl (motor-limited since she was 15 months) who had been diagnosed a rare disease (Ehlers-Danlos […]
The full text of, “Pain Management in Patients With Hypermobility Disorders: Frequently Missed Causes of Chronic Pain” by Dr. Linda Stapleford Bluestein will be available for free from Topics in Pain Management until August 19th. Dr. Bluestein, an Assistant Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin–Central Wisconsin, has developed this CME/CNE activity to help educate medical providers […]
Masterclass: Advancing Practice in Hypermobility The masterclass includes presentations and workshops led by a team of national and internationally recognised specialists and researchers, including members of the International Consortium. Medical, health and exercise professionals who wish to gain further knowledge and advance their clinical practice in assessing and management of children and adults with hypermobility […]
Published by BioMed Research International, 2/12/2017 Joint hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hypermobility type (JHS/EDS-HT), is a hereditary connective tissue disorder mainly characterized by generalized joint hypermobility, skin texture abnormalities, and visceral and vascular dysfunctions, also comprising symptoms of autonomic dysfunction. This study aims to further evaluate cardiovascular autonomic involvement in JHS/EDS-HT by a battery of functional […]
It’s as if a switch has been flicked. Evidence is mounting that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is caused by the body swapping to less efficient ways of generating energy. Also known as ME or myalgic encephalomyelitis, CFS affects some 250,000 people in the UK. The main symptom is persistent physical and mental exhaustion that doesn’t […]
Alan Hakim and his colleagues at University College Hospital in London were some of the first scientists to bring these cases to light. Hakim was helping to run a clinic for people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a group of very rare genetic diseases characterised by defects in connective tissue, leading to joint hypermobility, skin that […]
Company obtains exclusive rights to NDA-enabling clinical data of the company’s lead product, VASEBRA™ (celiprolol), for the treatment of vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS) CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Acer Therapeutics Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing therapies for serious rare diseases with significant unmet medical need, today announced the signing of an agreement with the Greater Paris University Hospitals […]
This work is being carried out on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions. The aim of the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases is to ‘ensure no one gets left behind just because they have a rare disease’. The UK Strategy for Rare Diseases presents a landmark for […]
20 years from now it is expected that many new cures and treatments will be delivered either as a consequence of research using genome editing or, directly, via genome editing derived treatments. Patients affected by rare and genetic conditions are likely to benefit from these techniques. It is important that these patients, and the wider […]
Rare Disease UK is gathering information to examine the implementation of the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases in England. This work is being carried out on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions. The aim of the UK Strategy for Rare Diseases is to ‘ensure no one gets […]
On a good day, my shoulders, knees, and hips will dislocate two to five times apiece. The slightest bump into a table or door will bloom new bruises on my arms and legs or tear a gash in the thin skin on my hands. My blood pressure will plummet each time I stand, making me […]
Ehlers–Danlos syndrome (EDS)—hypermobility type (HT) is considered to be the most common subtype of EDS and the least severe one; EDS-HT is considered to be identical to the joint hypermobility syndrome and manifests with musculoskeletal complaints, joint instability, and soft tissue overuse injury. Musculoskeletal complaints manifest with joint pain of non-inflammatory origin and/or spinal pain. […]
Although first described in 1892 by Tschernogobow in Moscow, the medical history of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) begins with Edward Ehlers’s description in 1900 in Copenhagen. Several avatars would come to stymie its identification to this day, despite its frequency, and foster confusion with other pathologies. The first of these is the description by Alexandre Danlos […]
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is heterogeneous in its genetic origins, molecular defects, and ultrastructure of connective tissues (CT). It frequently represents underdiagnosed heritable conditions. The altered mechanical functions of the involved tissues lead to variable combinations of increased skin distensibility and elasticity, joint laxity and CT fragility. In addition, EDS women commonly suffer from some gynecologic and […]
Opioids are a class of powerful pain-relieving drugs that work by activating opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. These pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but are frequently misused because they also produce euphoria. When misused or abused, opioid pain […]
A very small, yet enlightening medical commentary about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia syndrome (POTS) has recently popped up. POTS is often -erroneously- put down to the result of deconditioning – i.e, not doing enough exercise. It’s one of the things that people with the condition (including me) find most upsetting, the thought – sometimes spoken, more […]
An interesting kickstarter campaign that could help our community with our diet… We know that in the EDS community there seems to be a higher incidence of IBS related symptoms. One test that is commonly used in GI clinics is a hydrogen breath test to determine if you would benefit from the FODMAP diet. Could […]
As the nation begins responding to the epidemic of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, some people with chronic pain who have relied on these powerful painkillers for years are finding them harder to get. A survey conducted by the Boston Globe and Inspire, a health care social network of 200 online support groups with […]
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is the name applied to a rather large group of inherited disorders that affect the connective tissue, the tissue that provides support to many parts of the body. This genetic disorder is present in at least 1/5000 individuals [1] and an important cause of joint hypermobility syndrome [2]. The disease is characterized […]
The role of physical trauma in the onset of symptoms in Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) has never been characterized. We sought to search and describe brain lesions EDS patients also having personal history of physical trauma.… Patients with EDS, hypermobility type, were found to have consistent and specific brain lesions involving white matter tracts. Moreover, the […]
Of all live births with congenital anomalies, approximately one-third exhibit deformities of the head and face. Most craniofacial disorders are associated with defects in a migratory stem and progenitor cell population, which is designated the neural crest (NC). Musculocontractural Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (MCEDS) is a heritable connective tissue disorder with distinct craniofacial features. … We conclude […]
ABSTRACT: This article describes the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnosis, and management of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a potentially debilitating autonomic disorder that can have many causes and presentations. POTS can be mistaken for panic disorder, inappropriate sinus tachycardia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Clinician suspicion for the syndrome is key to prompt patient […]