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El Paso Times: Rare brain disorder strikes NM Hispanics

A rare brain and spinal disorder that strikes New Mexico Hispanics, and which appeared in a patient in El Paso, would get new attention and funding under a bill introduced by New Mexico’s Congressional delegation.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall said the disease was common among Spanish settlers in New Mexico in the 1580s and has been passed down through generations. New Mexico has the highest population density for the illness in the United States, and thousands of New Mexico Hispanics may be affected.

Cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM), also known as cavernous angioma, affects more than 1.5 million Americans, the largest proportion of whom live in New Mexico.

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