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ACTION ALERT: Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill

September 19, 2017

Your access to healthcare is at risk. The Senate is currently considering another bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sponsored by Sens. Cassidy and Graham. Congress only has until September 30th to act on this measure. We must work together to defeat this bill. Why should you take action? The Graham-Cassidy legislation would harm […]

Dear Addy: Teaching Independence

September 19, 2017

Dear Addy, I have two preteen kids with bleeding disorders and I want to instill in them independence with respect to their care. Do you have any advice on ways to build this into our routine? Signed, Introducing Independence Dear Independence, This is a great question to be asking now, as transitioning to independence is […]

Infusing Love: Overcoming Pain

September 13, 2017

  When I hear the word “pain” I immediately relate.  We all know pain and its many forms. But do we know how to move past the physical hurt and the emotional guilt?  The reality of our world is that pain is a part of life – we can dwell in suffering or we can […]

Infusing Love: The Holidays Are Coming

September 8, 2017

The holidays are right around the corner. Ask any mom of a child with hemophilia and we will all attest to the same thing – with holidays come bleeds! There is no medical explanation for this crazy phenomenon, but sure seems true for many. For us, it always started with Halloween and lasted until the […]

Alnylam Suspends Fitusiran Dosing due to Thrombotic Event

September 7, 2017

The following is an edited version of a press release from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. To read the press in full, click here. Alnylam recently became aware of a fatal serious adverse event (SAE) that occurred in a patient with hemophilia A who was receiving fitusiran in the Phase 2 OLE study. As a result, the Company […]

FitFactor: Pre-Exercise Snacks to Boost your Workout

September 6, 2017

It’s 5 o’clock on a weekday. You want to hit the gym, but you’re hungry and not sure if eating before you exercise will help or hinder your workout. What are the best foods to eat pre-workout? How much of them? How close to your workout time should you eat? Staying fit plays a big […]

Dear Addy: Sports

September 4, 2017

Dear Addy, My son has hemophilia and loves to play sports. He is going into 6th grade this fall and wants to join the soccer team. How do I set realistic expectations with him and his coach? Signed, Soccer Mom Dear Mom, You are not alone in your concerns – this is a common question […]

FitFactor: Las ventajas de ir al cuarto de pesas

August 31, 2017

  El entrenamiento con pesas juega un papel importante en mantener su cuerpo en forma y saludable. Es una gran manera para las personas con trastornos de sangrado para fortalecer los músculos y las articulaciones y, al hacerlo, reducir la frecuencia y la gravedad de las hemorragias. Hablamos con Michael Zolotnitsky, Doctor en Terapia Física, […]

FitFactor: 7 maneras de mantenerse activo en invierno

August 31, 2017

Todos sabemos que trabajar en el invierno puede sentirse como una hazaña imposible a veces. Sin embargo, una vez que comience a hacerla parte de su rutina regular, se convertirá en una tarea sencilla y será más fácil de sostener a través de otras épocas del año cuando el clima no es tan duro. Mantener […]

FitFactor: ¡Consejos para tomar su rutina de ejercicios de vacaciones con usted!

August 31, 2017

  Si usted está escapando del clima de invierno para algunos R&R por la playa, o dirigirse a la casa de un familiar para ponerse al día, el viajar interrumpe su horario normal y puede hacer más difícil permanecer en la cima de su rutina de salud y ritmo de ejercicios. Hacer ejercicios es a […]

Infusing Love: Siblings Need History Lessons Too

August 30, 2017

  At HFA, we have a core tenant and motto of our organization. It is “Lest We Forget.” In my family’s view, raising a child with a bleeding disorder in today’s world means we have the responsibility of determining when and how we help our children to learn and understand the history of our community. […]

FitFactor: ¿Cómo se compara su lista de alimentos saludables con la de un nutricionista?

August 29, 2017

  ¿Cree usted que sus puntos de vista de lo que es saludable se alinean con las opiniones de los expertos? El New York Times publicó un interesante artículo hace unos meses sobre la percepción pública de lo que es “saludable” y cómo estos han cambiado con el tiempo. El estudio también destacó lo que […]

FitFactor: ¡Brindis para la buena salud … con té!

August 29, 2017

Ahora que el invierno está en pleno apogeo y el clima frío está sobre nosotros, puede ser fácil olvidarse de mantenerse hidratado. Sin embargo, sólo porque no sienta sed, no significa que su cuerpo tiene tanta agua como lo necesita. Una manera fácil de hidratarse (y calentarse) es beber té. No tiene azúcar añadido como […]

FDA Grants Priority Review to Genentech’s Emicizumab for Hemophilia A with Inhibitors

August 24, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Genentech. Read the press release from Genentech in it’s entirety here. Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the company’s Biologics License Application (BLA) and granted Priority Review for emicizumab prophylaxis (preventative) as […]

Infusing Love: A Back to School Shopping List

August 23, 2017

Buying school supplies prior to the beginning of each school year is a rite of passage. Until my kids got to high school, I was more than happy to take advantage of the school supply kits offered by our school. Even so, each year, I still have to make multiple trips to the store for […]

Octapharma USA Announces FDA Approval of NUWIQ New Product Strengths

August 23, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Octapharma USA. Read the press release from Octapharma USA in it’s entirety here. Octapharma USA today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved new product strengths for NUWIQ. The agency approved new single dose NUWIQ vial strengths of 2500, 3000 and 4000 International […]

Dear Addy: Step Therapy 2

August 21, 2017

Dear Addy, My insurance company is trying to make me go through step therapy to get access to the treatment product I need! Are they practicing medicine without a license and is it illegal? Sincerely, Feeling Pressured Dear Pressured, There is no clear legal answer to your question: is an insurer “practicing medicine without a […]

Infusing Love: Knowing How and When to Advocate

August 17, 2017

This past May our family was invited to attend the HFA Patient Fly-In to Washington, DC. The patients and caregivers were briefed on the talking points the evening before our scheduled meetings with our Senators and Representatives. As you know, health care is a hot topic and there were many talking points that needed to […]

Leading Bleeding Disorders Advocacy Organizations File Hemophilia Discrimination Complaint Against Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

August 15, 2017

– Complaint argues Wellmark’s withdrawal from the Iowa marketplace discriminates against protected health conditions under the ACA, including hemophilia, and its disclosure of a patient’s personal health information violates HIPAA WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA), and Hemophilia of Iowa (HOI) filed a complaint today with […]

Spark Therapeutics Releases Preliminary Data for SPK-8011

August 9, 2017

Note: The following is an edited version of a press release from Spark Therapeutics. Read the press release from Spark Therapeutics in it’s entirety here. The company has disclosed preliminary initial data from the Phase 1/2 dose-escalation clinical trial for SPK-8011, a novel bio-engineered adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector utilizing the Spark200 capsid and containing a codon-optimized human factor […]

Infusing Love: Pondering Ports

August 9, 2017

  With a new diagnosis of hemophilia my world was turned upside down. What’s only been 4 months since Maddox was diagnosed feels like a year or two. I feel like I’ve grown so much in just a few months. I have put my life vest on and jumped right in. While, sometimes I’m afraid […]

FitFactor: Men’s Health — Simple Tips to Live By

August 8, 2017

Even though Men’s Health Month was in June, we can always take steps towards a healthier lifestyle no matter what time of year it is. In general, men experience poorer health and die younger than women in the U.S., according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The points below are important for all […]

Dear Addy: Project CALLS 2

August 8, 2017

Dear Addy, I’m having trouble with my health insurance, which is making it difficult to manage my bleeding disorder. What can I do to make my concerns heard? Signed, Help Wanted Dear Help, Thank you for reaching out to HFA about the trouble you’re having with your health insurance. You are not alone in your […]

Infusing Love: The Writing is on The Chalkboard

August 2, 2017

As I walk through the aisles of our local office supply store, I can’t help but to get a tinge of sadness. The smell of fresh paper, pens, pencils, and crayons are enough for this former teacher to break down right there in the middle of Office Depot. Not that I am unhappy doing what […]

Help Choose the Inscription on the Hemophilia Memorial

August 1, 2017

The Hemophilia Memorial in the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco, CA, will be a place where we can remember the people in our community who lost their lives to AIDS. This will be a place of remembrance, healing, and hope. The founding partners of the Hemophilia Memorial, HFA, the National Hemophilia Foundation, and […]

Intern Introspective: That’s a Wrap for La’Brittinee and Paul

July 28, 2017

Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy and government relations interns to our D.C. office. La’Brittinee and Paul are part of the bleeding disorders community and were chosen to participate in a 10-week internship because of their leadership qualities and interest in the field of policy and advocacy. Throughout the summer, La’Brittinee and Paul: […]

Infusing Love: Mama Is Always Right

July 28, 2017

  The early years of my motherhood experience were pretty lonely. We lived across the country from our extended family and I didn’t know any one in the neighborhood, and frankly, the other moms I did meet weren’t exactly people I wanted to socialize with. My go-to’s for parenting advice were books I had bought […]

ACTION ALERT: Vote Likely on Tuesday, July 25!

July 24, 2017

On Tuesday, the Senate will likely vote on a “Motion to Proceed,” which is the first step to open debate on health reform legislation.  If the motion passes, they may consider a 2015 bill that will repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act without replacing it, or the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the recent […]

Dear Addy: PRIDE Project

July 24, 2017

Dear Addy, I have heard of HFA’s PRIDE Project but am not clear on how I can participate and what I can learn from my participation. As a bleeding disorders community member, what do I need to know about the project and can I really do research? Signed, Researching Research Dear Researcher, You do research […]

Intern Introspective: Plasma Donation Center Tour

July 21, 2017

Nearing the end of their 10-week internship, La’Brittinee and Paul got an opportunity to tour Grifol’s plasma collection center in Frederick, Maryland. Centers like this collect plasma from donors and then return the red blood cells to the donor in one sitting. The plasma, which undergoes several levels of strict testing, is then pooled and […]


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