Mary Chapman, features writer —

Mary graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism. She began her career at United Press International, then spent a decade reporting for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (now Bloomberg Industry Group). Mary has written extensively for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in publications such as Time, Newsweek, Fortune, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s won a Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting.

Articles by Mary Chapman

What is the iNTD and Its Patient Registry?

If your child has aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency, you may want to consider participating in the patient registry of the International Working Group on Neurotransmitter Related Disorders (iNTD). The group’s aim is to foster global exchange of clinical data, with the ultimate goal of improving…

Newborn Screening and AADC Deficiency

Newborn screening for aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency has been studied, but has not yet been not been implemented. This is due partly to a lack of availability and standardization of noninvasive testing methods. Still, innovative treatment options, particularly gene therapy, have underscored the importance…

Spoon Theory for AADC Deficiency Caregivers

Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness such as aromatic l-amino acid decarboxylase (AADC) deficiency can be stressful and exhausting. Many people may not really understand this, even some closest to you, and it’s not always easy to explain yourself. An analogy called…

Patients, Supporters Worldwide Recognizing Rare Disease Day 2020

An abundance of events are afoot around the world to mark Rare Disease Day 2020 on Feb. 29. The activities are focused on heightening awareness about rare diseases and the hundreds of millions of individuals they are thought to affect. Patients, caregivers, and advocates worldwide will sport denim ribbons…