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Teens talk to teens with lymphedema

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Low-cost Management of Filarial Lymphedema

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Link for information on new research developments and other health information.

Lasers and night-vision technology help improve imaging of hidden lymphatic system

Quebec offers lymphedema coverage as of Jan. 1, 2014

New treatment program for persons with primary lymphedema established in Alberta

Alberta researchers to explore the lymphatic system thanks to a $5 million donation from Dianne and Irving Kipnes

Blood test accurately detects lymphedema, study shows

Japanese company announces the first gene therapy clinical trials for primary lymphedema

Challenging the Status Quo in the therapeutic use of compression

Lymphedema in Canada: A qualitative study to help develop a clinical, research, and education strategy

Liposuction helps manage head and neck lymphedema

Finland's Laurantis Pharma reports success in rebuilding lymphatic vessels in pre-clinical animal models

Lymph node transplant:
Top plastic surgeons meet to observe an experimental surgery that may cure breast cancer related lymphedema

Exercise can benefit persons who have lymphedema

Breast cancer survivors donít need to be afraid of air travel: U of A study

Meds that cause or worsen edema

2-year American research study looks at treatment costs of lymphedema

Research offers insights on why some lymphedema patients may get repeated infections


Ground-breaking Developments in Genetic Research

So far, nine genes have been identified which are associated with lymphedema. These are: FLT4, FOXC2, HGF, MET, GATA2, GJC2, KIF11, and in very rare cases SOX18 and CCBE1. In February 2012 the American Society of Human Genetics published research from St. Georgeís University of London which found that mutations in KIF11 is associated with congenital lymphedema. In April of the same year, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh reported that mutations in the gap junction protein gene associated with primary lymphedema (GJC2-Connexin 47), are also implicated in increased risk for secondary lymphedema.

With several other genes likely to be found to be associated with this disorder as well, the plot thickens. Stay tuned for further developments in this exciting area of research in 2014!

Latest News

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BUILDING A LEGACY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

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Lymphedema Clinical Trials

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Canada-wide Study on Lymphedema after Breast Cancer

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International Lymphoedema Framework Guides

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The relationship between our body fats and lymphedema


The purpose of this site is to link people in Canada with dysfunctioning lymphatic systems with health care professionals and support groups in their communities and around the world. Through this site we will keep you informed of some of the latest developments in scientific research and treatment in this area.

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Please note that the information on this web site is presented for informational purposes only. Any mention of a product, form of therapy, or therapist does not constitute a recommendation. We are not able to answer personal questions related to medical conditions. For more information please review the links on this web site and consult your doctor.


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Technical Advice by Nigel Allen and Vithiyiharan Ganesh.
Last revised Oct. 5, 2014.

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