Two Partners Re-Launch XLHED Research Study

Research the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias has nurtured for three decades is advancing to a clinical trial. EspeRare has partnered with Dermelix Biotherapeutics to develop DMX-101 as an in-utero protein replacement therapy for the treatment of x-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED). If approved, the treatment has the potential to be the very first in utero administered drug to correct a genetic condition before birth!

My $35,000 (So Far) Smile

Cody Snell has paid $35,000 out of pocket – so far – to replace teeth he never had due to ectodermal dysplasia. At 33, he knows that amount will climb since he faces a lifetime of dental care costs. That is, unless the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act is passed. He is advocating for this legislation to assure that he, his affected daughter and all families with his condition get the insurance coverage they need for their medically necessary care.

Our Baby Struggled to Swallow

Baby Oakley had a hard time feeding. Watching your baby not be able to swallow can be terrifying. He had projectile vomiting and wasn’t gaining weight. His parents begged doctors to help their baby boy. A hospital stay and many tests later, they figured it out. This information coupled with a trip to the dentist led to a diagnosis of ectodermal dysplasias. Find out how Oakley is feeding now.

Becky Abbott Joins NFED Staff

Meet the newest member of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias staff. Becky Abbott will help us serve families affected be ectodermal dysplasias by managing the treatment and research programs. Learn why our mission is personal for this rare disease advocate.

Hazel Glows With Her New Teeth

Your five-year-old daughter wearing her first dentures can be surreal. Just ask Sarah Hamilton. The mom shares about how the teeth have impacted Hazel’s eating and speech and how they are having to battle their insurance to get benefits.

My Son Has Only Six Teeth

Sheltered as a child because of ectodermal dysplasia, Beth Orchard is raising her kids differently. This advocate is giving her children the same opportunities as kids who can sweat and eat normally. She’s taking bold steps to make a difference and wants you to join her.

First Dentures for Hazel: Her Mom’s Perspective

Watching your baby girl – who is only 5 – get fitted for her first pair of dentures can be an emotional journey. Read how Sarah Hamilton is navigating the process and find out what she’s learned about her daughter, herself and ectodermal dysplasia.