KTVU-TV 2, the leading evening news in the San Francisco Bay Area, today reported on Addi and Cassi Hempel, identical twins affected by a rare disease called Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC). NPC is fatal and degenerative cholesterol disease that is often called the “childhood Alzheimer’s.” What is most interesting about this story is that Dr. James Hildreth, one of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers has discovered a link between the Niemann Pick Type C gene and the HIV/AIDS viruses ability to replicate in the human body.
Please join us at www.RAREproject.org to learn more about this important collaboration and to stay abreast of Addi and Cassi Hempel’s incredible story. It is remarkable that a rare disease, in this case Niemann Pick Type C, could be the key clue to help find treatments for a more common disease that impacts millions of people worldwide. Watch the video here on the KTVU-TV 2 website.