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Dear Addy: Joint Health

October 31, 2016

  Dear Addy, I’m 27 years old with severe hemophilia B. I’m caring for myself and my joints, including infusing to prevent bleeds as much as possible. As you know, with time, joints just can’t move as freely. Is there anything I can do? Do you recommend any exercises that can improve movement? Signed, Achy […]

Infusing Love: Sisterly Bond

October 26, 2016

I adore the “On This Day” feature on Facebook. It is a wonderful way to look back at the past to see what has happened on any given day in past years. It often reminds me of those moments that may have slipped my mind in a blur of parenting madness over the last fifteen […]

Dateline: Ask the CDC – What’s von Willebrand Disease?

October 19, 2016

Erik von Willebrand, a Finnish physician, noticed several young girls in one family shared symptoms of a bleeding disorder. The year was 1924, and von Willebrand recognized that the girls’ symptoms were different from those of someone with hemophilia, a disease mostly affecting males. He called this new disease pseudohemophilia, or false hemophilia, but others […]

Infusing Love: Stealing My Joy? Never!

October 19, 2016

  For over a year my family has lived like most everyone else in the world.  We get up, go to work and school, have fun, go on trips, eat and play….it’s all very good.  Our oldest son has gone away to college and our youngest is in the fifth grade. The blessing has been […]

Prescription Benefit Program Changes for Recombinant Clotting Factor Product

October 18, 2016

  It has come to our attention that Helixate FS, a recombinant clotting factor product sold and distributed by CSL Behring, is being removed from prescription benefit programs for a limited number of patients using CVS/Caremark effective January 1, 2017. Patients currently using Helixate FS who have the “Advanced Control Formulary” plan with CVS/Caremark will have the […]

Dear Addy: Project CALLS

October 17, 2016

Dear Addy, My insurance company is making it increasingly difficult to access the services and products I need to care for my bleeding disorder, which has led to delayed care. How can I report these issues? Signed, Frustrated __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Frustrated, You are not alone in your concerns. In August 2015, HFA launched Project CALLS […]

¡Juntos somos más resistentes! — Together we are Resilient

October 13, 2016

By: Kyle McKendall, Staff Member Photography by Kevin Daniels Taken from the Summer 2016 issue of Dateline: Full PDF available here   For the first time ever, HFA offered a comprehensive Spanish-language program at its annual Symposium, held in Las Vegas from March 30-April 2, 2016. More than 50 attendees participated in the program and attended […]

Infusing Love: Normal Is as Normal Does

October 12, 2016

As I have become more involved in the hemophilia community over the last few years, and read more stories online, it is evident that each person with hemophilia and the people caring for them have such different experiences with bleeds and treatments. When Chris was young, we were told Chris wasn’t your “typical” child with […]

FDA Issues Warning New Hepatitis C Drugs Could Reactivate Hepatitis B Virus

October 9, 2016

The following is excerpted from an FDA news release. To read the release in its entirety, click here. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning about the risk that some of the new direct-acting antiviral medicines for hepatitis C (HCV) can reactivate the hepatitis B virus (HBV) among patients who have had HBV. “In a […]

Blood Journal: Analysis of 13 Years of Hemophilia Patient Data

October 9, 2016

A recent article in Blood, a publication of the American Society of Hematology, examines thirteen years of surveillance data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding patient outcomes for men with severe hemophilia. Among the key points: Prospectively collected data on demographics, complications, and mortality are described for 4899 US men with […]

Infusing Love: Respecting Our Elders

October 5, 2016

I have been thinking a lot about my role in my bleeding disorder community as Max becomes an adult. Where is my place as a mom of an adult son with hemophilia? I have been given the gift of having a job that keeps me connected and involved, but what about the other old timers? […]

FitFactor: Get Your Gears Going!

October 3, 2016

In late September, a group of community members, HFA staff, and sponsors rode, by bike, 156 miles from West Virginia to Washington, D.C. following the old mule tracks next to the C & O Canal. We started out on a Friday in West Virginia and finished at the canal’s beginning in Georgetown on Sunday, spending […]

Dear Addy: Carrier Testing

October 3, 2016

Dear Addy, Given our family history, my 8-year-old daughter could be a carrier of hemophilia. When should she get tested? Signed, Curious Carrier ____________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Curious Carrier, When to get tested is a personal decision, and you have a lot to consider. Importantly, consider that determining if your daughter is a carrier now could enhance […]

Infusing Love: Growing Our Family

September 28, 2016

Time moves so quickly. As adults we blink and a year has passed. As kids, we couldn’t wait to be adults. I feel like it was just yesterday that we were adjusting to life with one itty-bitty baby, with a chronic condition. Now we are in a routine, his disorder is well managed, and he […]

Infusing Love: Aprendiendo a vivir con un nuevo diagnóstic

September 21, 2016

von Willebrand Disease… ¿Qué es eso? ¿Qué clase de enfermedad tienen mis hijas? ¿Es contagioso? ¿Qué le puede pasar? Esta y muchísimas preguntas más fueron las que nos hicimos el día en que la pediatra en Albany, Nueva York, diagnosticó nuestra hija menor, Juliemar, 8 años a este momento, con von Willebrand Disease (vWd), tipo […]

Dear Addy: Advocacy Presentation

September 19, 2016

Dear Addy, I have to do a presentation in front of my eighth grade class on a cause I care about. I’d like to focus on bleeding disorders because I have von Willebrand Disease (vWD), but there’s so much information and I don’t know where to start. Help! Signed, Anxious for an A   Dear […]

Infusing Love: No (Wo)Man’s Land

September 14, 2016

My 10-year-old daughter, Natalie, has been officially DNA tested and is a carrier of the hemophilia gene. This wasn’t particularly surprising or upsetting to my husband or myself, or even Natalie. For a child, she has a remarkably good grasp on the genetics of hemophilia and she understands what it means to be a carrier. […]

PPTA Releases Updated Statement on Zika

September 13, 2016

The following is a summary of a statement released by the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA). To read the PPTA statement in full, click HERE. On September 8, 2016, PPTA issued an updated news release regarding the Zika virus (ZIKV) and plasma protein therapies. In the release, PPTA notes that: ZIKV is in a family of (lipid-enveloped) viruses that is […]

Sangamo BioSciences Receives Orphan Drug Designation From The FDA For SB-FIX

September 9, 2016

The following is excerpted from a press release from PRNewswire. Read the press release in it’s entirety here. Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. announced earlier this week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to SB-FIX, the company’s zinc finger nuclease (ZFN)-mediated genome editing product candidate for the treatment of hemophilia B. Sangamo […]

Infusing Love: A Mom Intervention

September 7, 2016

Benny starts high school this week. How did that happen? When I started working at HFA he was in kindergarten. I remember being amazed at his astounding ability to put 100 piece puzzles together at 5 years old and spend hours building things with Legos. At the start of second grade, despite untold hours trying, […]

Dear Addy: Mental Health

September 5, 2016

Dear Addy, I’m concerned about how my bleeding disorder is effecting my mental health. However, it’s not clear that my insurance covers a therapist or counselor so I keep putting off seeking counseling or therapy. How important is mental health and where do I find the correct insurance information? Sincerely, Taking Control _________________________________________________________________________ Dear Control, […]

FitFactor: Six Steps to Sleeping Well

September 5, 2016

When it comes to health and lifestyles, many of us do not put sleep at the top of our priority list. We may not realize the numerous benefits that sleep has on our bodies and minds. Not only does it give us the rest we need to replace the energy expended from the day but […]

Infusing Love: Thank You to Our Teachers

August 31, 2016

Through out the school year I have such a hard time balancing being the mom that every teacher or administrator loves to communicate with verses being the mom that everyone wants to run away from. I decided to sit down and write exactly what I wish I could say to every teacher or administrator Scarlett […]

Update #3: Zika Virus & Blood Supply

August 27, 2016

On August 26th, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a revised guidance to US blood banks addressing Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Zika Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Components. The Zika virus is transmitted primarily by the Aedes mosquito; it can also be spread by sexual contact. Although 4 out of 5 […]

Dear Addy: Back to School Secondary Education

August 22, 2016

  Dear Addy, My son is starting kindergarten this fall and I’m concerned about what will happen if he has a bleed at school. What are his rights at school and how do I ensure he has the same opportunities as other students? Sincerely, Proactive Parent ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Proactive, With the new school year approaching, […]

Baxalta Sponsors 63 Students in 2016-17

August 22, 2016

Baxalta, now part of Shire, has awarded scholarships to 63 students from 13 states, further adding to the list of recipients of its Education Advantage scholarship program. For the seventh consecutive year, Baxalta US Inc. is helping eligible students with a bleeding disorder offset the costs of higher education, advance their careers, and pursue their […]

Infusing Love: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

August 17, 2016

I was cleaning out my closet recently and found an old picture of Nick stuffed in the pocket of a purse. My first thought was, “Man, he was a cute baby.” My second thought was, “That was right before he had a spontaneous epidural bleed.” Nick was eleven months old, in daycare, and not walking […]

Intern Introspective: That’s a Wrap for Cami

August 12, 2016

Intern Introspective Earlier this summer we welcomed our summer policy & government relations interns to our DC office. Eric and Cami 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, Eric […]

Voluntary Recalls Issued for Additional Lots of Kogenate FS Recombinant Clotting Factor Product

August 11, 2016

Bayer has announced a voluntary recall of additional lots of Kogenate FS with vial adapter. This is an update to the recall that was issued on July 25, 2016. All lot numbers affected by the July 25, 2016 recall and August 10, 2016 extension are: Product Lot Number Expiration Date Kogenate FS 250 IU Vial Adapter 270RV8X 12/19/2017 […]

Voluntary Recalls Issued for Additional Lots of Helixate FS Recombinant Clotting Factor Product

August 11, 2016

CSL Behring has announced a voluntary recall of additional lots of Helixate FS with vial adapter. This is an update to the recall that was issued on July 25, 2016. All lot numbers affected by the July 25, 2016 recall and August 10, 2016 extension are: Product Lot Number Expiration Date Helixate FS 250 IU 270P892 09/15/2016 […]


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