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2009-10-30 07:34:04

At its most benign, the autoimmune disease scleroderma can discolor parts of the skin of its sufferers. At its most pernicious, it can thicken and harden their skin, their blood vessels, and their internal organs before, in many cases, killing them. In all its forms, scleroderma gives Dartmouth geneticist Michael Whitfield, his graduate students, and his postdoctoral researchers a sense of urgency in their search for the triggers of the chronic condition. In a study that the Journal of...

2009-10-22 13:50:00

Honoring Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez (CA) and Actress Kellie Martin Gala to raise funds for the Scleroderma Foundation, Southern California Chapter LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 13th Annual "Key to a Cure" Gala takes place Saturday, November 7, at the Manhattan Beach Marriott. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Scleroderma Foundation, Southern California Chapter. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091022/DC97406) California Congresswoman...

2009-10-18 08:38:21

Investigators have identified a drug that is currently approved to treat certain types of cancer, Gleevec, that could provide the first treatment for scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease for which a treatment has remained elusive. The news will be presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology on October 18 in Philadelphia. "There has never been a drug that has been shown to be effective for this condition. I think there is a very good chance of Gleevec...

2009-10-15 13:08:00

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- MedImmune today announced that researchers will present data on several inflammatory disease programs at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, from October 17 to 21, 2009 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "Through our research into novel disease pathways involved in autoimmune disorders, we continue to fulfill our mission of using scientific excellence to deliver life-changing medicines...

2009-09-19 10:13:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 1st Annual "Fight for Lexi" Charity Golf Tournament takes place on Monday, September 21, 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. Noted comedian Carlos Mencia will perform a brief comic set at the Awards Dinner at 5:30 p.m. The event is...

2009-09-09 12:30:00

2nd Annual Lisa Sandler Spaeth Memorial Golf Tournament to be held at Woodmont Country Club on September 14th ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two years ago, Dr. Jerome and Froma Sandler lost their daughter to the untreatable lung disease they now work to cure. Lisa Sandler Spaeth died from Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) in 2007, a disease that claims 40,000 lives each year, the same as breast cancer. The Sandlers celebrate Lisa's life by hosting the second annual Lisa Sandler...

2009-09-04 14:05:00

His Longevity with the Deadly Disease Inspires Thousands of Dying Patients SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When Jerry Lewis takes the stage again on Labor Day 2009 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon, thousands of people who suffer from the same lung disease as he will be watching - and not just to hear the funny things he'll say. They'll be looking for inspiration from the funny man who suffers from a not-so-funny and little known fatal lung disease....

2009-08-04 11:37:00

DANVERS, Mass., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Scleroderma Foundation applauds Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for introducing S. 1545, the "Scleroderma Research and Awareness Act" in the United States Senate. This important legislation, co-sponsored by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), 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 an...

2009-07-16 11:15:00

Governor Walker to join University of Utah doctor on "Good Things Utah" SAN JOSE, Calif., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Olene Walker has been interviewed by hundreds of reporters in her role as a politician, but an interview later this month will likely be the most compelling from the former Utah governor. Governor Walker, who served as Utah's governor from 2003 to 2005, will be sharing her personal struggle with a fatal lung disease. Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF), a disease that...

2009-07-16 08:00:00

DANVERS, Mass., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Scleroderma Foundation, the nation's leading non-profit supporter of scleroderma research, is holding the Gateway to Hope 2009 National Patient Education Conference July 17-19, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. Scleroderma, an autoimmune disease without a known cure, affects an estimated 300,000 people in the U.S., making it as common as multiple sclerosis. Scleroderma causes collagen to build up in the tissues of the skin and in internal organs,...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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