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2011-03-08 15:44:12

Modified-release therapy is well tolerated in clinical trial Researchers in Europe reported that treatment with modified-release sildenafil significantly reduced the frequency of attacks of Raynaud's phenomenon in patients with limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis (lcSSc), also known as scleroderma. The double-blind, placebo-controlled trial found that sildenafil was well tolerated with only some subjects experiencing minor or moderate side effects. Full findings are available in the March...

2010-12-08 15:40:00

Pulmonary Fibrosis Claims as Many Lives Each Year as Breast Cancer, Yet Virtually Unknown PEORIA, Ariz., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Elliot Walsey is on a mission to save others who suffer from the disease that will likely kill him. He was diagnosed September 2006 with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a deadly lung disease that has no FDA approved treatment and no cure. The disease, characterized by uncontrolled and lethal scarring, is virtually unknown to the general population,...

2010-11-08 11:17:42

New research from Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) suggests that up to 40 percent of scleroderma patients will not be correctly diagnosed with the disorder using a new automated commercial screening test. The findings of the study will be presented Wednesday, November 10th at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta, Georgia. The American College of Rheumatology recommends immunofluorescence antinuclear antibody (IF-ANA) testing to help...

2010-09-30 12:42:00

DANVERS, Mass., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Scleroderma Foundation applauds the U.S. House of Representatives today for the passage of the Scleroderma Research and Awareness Act (H.R. 2408), introduced last March by Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) and Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI). This bipartisan legislation gives hope to the estimated 300,000 Americans and their families living with this devastating disease. Scleroderma is a chronic and disabling connective tissue disorder resulting from...

2010-08-25 07:00:00

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc., today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the brand name VELETRI® for the company's epoprostenol for injection therapy. VELETRI has been commercially available since April 2010 as Epoprostenol for Injection for the treatment of moderate to severe pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and PAH associated with the scleroderma spectrum of disease....

2010-08-18 14:00:00

Golf Tournament to Raise Funds for the Scleroderma Foundation, Southern California Chapter LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2nd Annual "Fight for Lexi" Charity Golf Tournament takes place on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the Dove Canyon County Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Scleroderma Foundation/ Southern California Chapter. The event kicks off with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m., and will be followed by a silent auction and awards dinner. The event...

2010-07-29 12:38:00

Fleet of More than 30 Trucks Make Trips Daily Cross Country Potentially Reaching Millions, Jumbotron Ad on Busy CA Freeway Reaches More than 130,000 People Daily SAN JOSE, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) announced today a nationwide advertising campaign to spread the word about Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is underway in an untraditional setting - on the nation's interstates. Together, a billboard ad and truck ads are part of a nationwide...

2010-06-21 08:00:00

DALLAS, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Scleroderma Foundation's Texas Bluebonnet Chapter is pleased to announce its third annual Dallas/Fort Worth "Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma" walk-a-thon to benefit the programs and services of the chapter and to help fund medical research aimed at finding the cause and cure for scleroderma, a little-known but devastating autoimmune disease. The walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at the Collin Creek Mall in Plano, TX, and...

2010-06-17 10:00:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) said today stories appearing this week on The TODAY Show and CBS News' website, www.cbs.com, provided the first national major media coverage of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) in history. That coverage, viewed by more than five million people, is helping to drive a new level of awareness for this little known disease and is providing hope for thousands suffering from the disease. Both the NBC's TODAY...

2010-06-15 00:25:19

There is a new path to defeat systemic sclerosis, also called scleroderma because of the hardening of the skin of the patients (from Greek skleros, "hard", and derma, "skin"). This path involves the B-cell of the immune system, so far only considered "innocent spectators," as Catholic University rheumatologist Gianfranco Ferraccioli, among the authors of the important research, puts it. Also Silvia Bosello, Maria De Santis, Gina Lama, Cristina Spanò, Cristiana Angelucci,...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.