Medical Information on Urea Cycle Disorders

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It's been a busy summer!

Connecting families, educating providers and first responders, research meetings, new treatments in the pipeline, new studies, providing life-saving information and support to newly diagnosed families and adults, and to our UCD veterans.

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NUCDF Conference Presentation Series

Liver Transplant for Urea Cycle Disorders

Presentation by liver specialist, Emily Perito, MD, MAS, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Benioff Children's Hospital, University of California, San Francisco.

 

Fuel up for Health - Eat better to stay healthy!

Presentation by Debra Geary-Hook, MPH, RD, expert in nutritional management of urea cycle disorders.

 

Effects of High Glutamine Levels on Outcome

Elevated glutamine levels are a sign of metabolic instability that can negatively effect brain function and performance, and lead to elevated ammonia levels. Uta Konecki-Lichter, MD reports on the results of a recent study.



 

Straight Talk about Thinking Straight

Children and adults with UCD often have problems with executive function (cognition, focus, attention, etc.) due to alterations in brain chemistry caused by UCD. This video explains these effects and provides helpful information to improve function. Presented by Susan Waisbren, Ph.D.

 

It's all About Nutrition - Optimizing Nutrition to Improve Health in UCDs

The UCD diet is one of the pillars of management. This video explains the basics, provides healthy choices, and how to manipulate the diet to improve stability and overall health. Presented by Debra Geary-Hook, MPH, RD, UCD expert in nutritional management.



 

When Food is Medicine; Oral Feeding Principals for Families Considering

G-Tubes

Children with UCD commonly experience feeding issues that contribute to metabolic instability. This video explores oral feeding principles and the common questions and issues parents have when making decisions about G-tube placement. Presented by Nancy Creschoff Maune, OTR, Beth Herp, RD, Laura Pickler, MD, MPH.

 

UCD Research: Urea Cycle Nutrition and Immunity Study

Dr. Peter McGuire outlines this important study that investigated the effects of the UCD diet on immune response.

For Kids

Susie's Song - Germ takes a Journey

Great cartoon and song about how a germ travels (From Sid the Science Kid, Jim Henson Productions).