February 1, 2007 (Vol. 27, No. 3)
Strong Points: Disease-focused
Weak Points: Poor educational content
Cadasil is a hereditary disease affecting the brain, but I had a hard time understanding exactly what it is from this site covering it. A description at the top of the opening page provides a clue, as well as considerable confusion. Here is what it says, “CADASIL . . . is a heredity disease that affects the muscle walls in the small arteries that provide blood flow to the brain. The gene prohibits the body from making a protein; this allows the small blood vessels to be defective. The blood vessels are so small they cannot be detected by the naked eye.” Got that? The site aims to educate and provide awareness, support, and research on the subject. It also contains a fact sheet and a list of places where research is ongoing. If you have the syndrome, you’ll probably find the site of use. If you’re looking for education, however, you’ll be disappointed.