Rare Disease Day 2014: 6 key questions about rare diseases

February 28 is International Rare Disease Day for 2014. To mark the day we offer answers here to 6 key questions about rare diseases and their treatment in the UK

1) What is a rare disease?

The UK’s Department of Health define a ‘rare’ disease as one which:

  1. has an incidence of less than 1 in 2000 people
  2. and is a life-threatening or chronically debilitating disease
  3. and requires special combined efforts to enable patients to be treated effectively. Continue reading