Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Walking Ability Found to Worsen With Age in Adults With Dravet

Adults with Dravet syndrome commonly experience walking difficulties that tend to worsen with age, a small study reports. “In this study, it was observed that gait parameters and parkinsonian symptoms were abnormal across all ages, but clearly worse in older patients, suggesting a progressive gait disorder,” researchers wrote. By…

Europe Awaits Proposed New Framework for Sharing Health Data

The European Commission is expected to propose a new governing framework for health data next month, called the European Health Data Space (EHDS), with the aim of connecting national health systems to facilitate secure and efficient transfer of data across systems in different European nations. The move is expected to…

Genetic Testing Recommended for Undiagnosed Adults With Epilepsy

Eight adults with lifelong histories of epilepsy and developmental delays without any known cause were diagnosed with Dravet syndrome after undergoing genetic testing, a new study reports. The finding suggests “that a number of adult patients are currently undiagnosed and have unmet health needs,” according to researchers. “In our…

UK Surveys Assess Impact of COVID-19 and Its Vaccines

Vaccines for COVID-19 are generally safe for children with Dravet syndrome, and are unlikely to cause an increase in the frequency of seizures, whereas COVID-19-like disease often increases seizure frequency, according to a pair of surveys done in the U.K. Since the start of the pandemic, researchers have…

Planned 2022 Clinical Trial Will Test LP352 in Reducing Seizures

Longboard Pharmaceuticals is planning to launch a Phase 1b/2a clinical trial early next year that will evaluate the company’s investigational therapy LP352 in adults with Dravet syndrome and other types of developmental and epileptic encephalopathies (DEEs). The trial will test the therapy’s effectiveness in lessening seizures in patients…

Fintepla Did Not Change Growth in Children With Dravet

Fintepla has no substantial impact on growth, in terms of height and weight, in children with Dravet syndrome, clinical trial data suggest. The findings were shared at the 2020 American Epilepsy Society (AES) Annual Meeting, in the presentation, “Treatment with Fintepla (fenluramine) in Patients with…