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A Collaborative App for Prolonging the Lives of Those with Rare Diseases

Yamaguchi, Japan, February 22, 2015 --( The Dr. NEAR team invites patients with rare diseases to get connected and to help create an app based around themselves and their actual needs. Dr. NEAR is a social networking app built for the purpose of sharing medical treatments and the effects of medicines on rare diseases. In fact, the founder of Dr. NEAR has been diagnosed with a rare disease and is currently in search of an effective medication for his illness. A Coming Soon page with a questionnaire allowing patients and relatives to get involved has just been launched.

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Worldwide, proper medication for patients with rare diseases is needed. The ability to monitor diseases and their symptoms is increasing with telemedicine. It is said that by 2018 the cost spent on medicine will increase to 4.5 billion US dollars compared to 4.4 billion dollars. The needs of patients with rare diseases worldwide are on the rise. With this in mind, Dr. NEAR is developing a social networking app.

There is a questionnaire designed for people to participate by sharing their specific diseases, which will be used in the app. In turn, this will help the app benefit as many people as possible. When the app is released, the patients and relatives will have the ability to contact users with the same diseases and share progress, methods of treatment, and side effects. Not only will the users be able to contact one another, but Dr.NEAR is also planning to arrange opportunities for doctors and researchers to get involved.

For patients and family members
There is no adequate medication or treatment for patients with rare diseases. By creating a place where patients are able to connect and share their medication’s progress or its side effects, the likelihood of finding a suitable treatment will increase greatly and will make it possible to provide special medical assistance all around the world.

For doctors and researchers
There are not many patients with rare diseases close enough to doctors and researchers. This makes it difficult for them to make accurate decisions for developing effective medicines and treating patients. The Dr. NEAR app will create an environment that allows doctors and researchers to interact with those they wouldn't otherwise be able to connect to with. Through this, doctors and researchers can make better decisions for the future.
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Shintaro Nakagawa

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