STORIES

The art of being unhappy

Can we be unhappy or do we keep on with that unbreakable spirit which people with OI all seem to have? Why do we want to be so happy? Think about this with me for a while! Imagine: you were a 2 year old toddler and your mother or father asks you to draw something…

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STORIES

How Apple Watch helps me stay healthy

“Jacob Wittorff has called the alarm center after Apple Watch detected a bad fall.” That message lands late at night on May day 2019 on my parents ‘and brothers’ phones. Shortly before, I was pushed home in my wheelchair from the football cup final at the stadium. However, the evening comes to an abrupt end.…

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EDITORIALS

It’s a small world…

Fear is the path to the dark side, they said in Star Wars. Because fear can be used as a political tool to convince people to do their social distancing. But fear can also be destructive and cause anxiety. Especially for people who are part of the risk group of Covid-19. How tired we are…

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ADVOCACY

Discrimination in Critical Care Guidelines

The rare disease community raises alert over discrimination in #CriticalCare guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic. Read the statement from EURORDIS to see proposals for healthcare practitioners on how to avoid discrimination against people living with a rare disease and provide optimal care during #COVID19 OIFE supports EURORDIS in their view that critical care guidelines must be non-discriminatory and should be…

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MEDICAL

COVID-19 – info for people with OI

The OIFE will update this page with links to resources about COVID-19 and osteogenesis imperfecta. We have created a shortlink to this page to make it easier to remember. If you type in the following in your browser, you will be redirected to this page oife.org/covid19 Are people with OI in the risk group?  We…

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OIFE

Virus Workout every Sunday

Are you stuck in your home because of COVID-19? Are you bored? Can’t go to the gym or swimming pool? Don’t worry, OIFE is inviting you to a virtual wheelchair aerobic session every Sunday! On March 29th we will try a moderate intensity workout. On April 5th we will repeat the high intensity workout. Time:…

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RESEARCH

Rare Disease Research Challenge

The European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) brings over 130 institutions (including all 24 ERNs) from 35 countries. On March 3rd Dace Liepina and Ingunn Westeheim was supposed to represent OIFE at a networking event in Paris related to the Rare Diseases Research (RDR) Challenges Call. We were particularly interested in challenge nr. 3 “Characterize Rare…

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EDUCATIONAL

OIFE at EURORDIS Winter School

EURORDIS launched Winter School with the aim of deepening patient representatives’ understanding of how pre-clinical research translates into real benefits for rare disease patients. The training equips participants with knowledge and skills so they are empowered to effectively participate in discussions with the researchers, policy makers and companies responsible for research or research infrastructures. The 2nd edition…

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