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LEMS is a rare and sometimes fatal autoimmune neuromuscular disease that affects about 3,000 to 3,500 people in the United States. Firdapse, a new drug tested by Coral Gables-based Catalyst Pharmaceuticals is one of a group of specialized "orphan drugs" being developed across the country to treat such rare diseases. "Our mission is to develop treatments for rare neurological diseases like LEMS, and Firdapse fit our model," says Patrick McEnany, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Catalyst.
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Rowing helps Sunny McLean in quest for fitness
Sunny McLean has been rowing competitively for 30 years; in 2015 she and her rowing partner snatched a silver medal in woman's doubles in Orlando. Sunny is 74; mother of two, stepmother of two, grandmother of nine.
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Be Sun Smart, experts warn
There are more cases of skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Protecting yourself and your kids from the sun is key.
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TV host Joan Lunden pushes for better cancer outcomes
Joan Lunden, former co-host of Good Morning America, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, talks about the importance of sharing survivor stories.
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Health care programs don't always suit those who need them
Malissa Miller applied for disability and was placed in the state's new privatized, Medicaid managed care system, which offers different plans depending on your county of residence. But none of the Medicaid plans offered in Broward County, where Miller lives, allowed her to see the doctor she believed could save her life.
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Coast Guard corpsman Janet Combs
U.S. Coast Guard corpsman Janet Combs of Miami Beach has spent 12 years of her career helping others. She was honored by the Armed Services YMCA in 2014 for her work caring for hundreds of wounded patients, many of them soldiers returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Boy, 13, helps diabetic mom
What hurts Maria Perez most isn't the loss of her sight, or the possible loss of both legs. She hurts because she can't be a good mother. Albert, her 13-year-old son, must help her with everything. Maria, 35, has been diabetic since 14.
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Children at Gwen Cherry Park move with Michelle (Obama)
First Lady Michelle Obama exercised with children in the NFL's Youth Education Town program during a February, 2014 visit to Gwen Cherry Park to talk about her Let's Move initiative.
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Swim, bike, run: A surgeon tests his limits
Surgeon Jose F. Font, 72, believes in testing his limits. Undeterred by lung cancer 10 years ago, despite a hip replacement, he planned to participate in the 2014 Mack Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon.
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Miramar case highlights dangers of postpartum depression
A Miramar case highlights the dangers of postpartum depression.