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2013-10-03 16:01:39

2013 classification criteria outperform 1980 measures New classification criteria for systemic sclerosis have just been published and are more sensitive than the 1980 criteria, enabling earlier identification and treatment of this disabling autoimmune disease. The 2013 criteria, developed by a joint committee commissioned by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), are published in the ACR journal, Arthritis & Rheumatism. Systemic...

2013-09-30 12:53:40

Brings to 110 known risk factors and provides important insight into disease mechanism Scientists of the International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium (IMSGC) have identified an additional 48 genetic variants influencing the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. This work nearly doubles the number of known genetic risk factors and thereby provides additional key insights into the biology of this debilitating neurological condition. The genes implicated by the newly identified...

2013-06-03 16:27:25

CHICAGO, June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the result of a major breakthrough by researchers at Northwestern University's School of Medicine, researchers studying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, are now one step closer to unlocking the nature of ALS. The recent discovery, which for the first time identified a gene both in motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord affected by ALS, offers a glimpse of hope to those who currently suffer from the deadly...

2013-05-02 08:35:50

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On May 15, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance) will join tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) organizations around the world to observe the second annual TSC Global Awareness Day. On this day, thousands of individuals and families affected by TSC will join together to increase public awareness of the rare disease and share their stories of hope for the future. This year's TSC Global Awareness Day will also highlight...

2013-04-17 16:26:01

BINGHAMTON, N.Y., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the Northeast, an early jump into spring is preferred. For many with scleroderma, this time of year brings some welcome relief from the cold, which makes this disease even harder to cope with. The Scleroderma Foundation and its Tri-State Chapter are taking a different kind of early jump; an early jump into our June Scleroderma Awareness Month efforts. A special program is allowing us to get our message out to millions through a...

2012-09-28 10:22:48

Support for People in Nebraska, Iowa and Eastern South Dakota DANVERS, Mass., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Scleroderma Foundation announced today that it has chartered a new chapter to help people living with scleroderma in the states of Iowa, Nebraska and eastern South Dakota. This means more support for individuals with the debilitating autoimmune illness in the central United States. The Scleroderma Foundation, Heartland Chapter is the Foundation's 24th chapter. It...

2012-06-12 02:24:44

Local Foundation plans Walk for Cure SAN DIEGO, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders has released a proclamation declaring that June is Scleroderma Awareness Month. Local leadership is working with the Scleroderma Foundation, Greater San Diego Chapter, to bring awareness and attention to this often debilitating disease. The Scleroderma Foundation hopes to raise funds to support research, awareness, and education about the disease during its annual...

2012-05-30 10:24:56

Key Peptide that Blocks Skin, Lung Fibrosis Could Improve Mortality Rates DANVERS, Mass., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A member of the Scleroderma Foundation's Board of Directors has led a team of researchers who have identified a peptide that can block fibrosis of the skin and lungs, according to a report published today. "Lung fibrosis currently is the number one cause of death in patients with scleroderma," said the report's senior author Carol A. Feghali-Bostwick, Ph.D....

2012-05-22 14:21:08

Greater San Diego Chapter of Scleroderma Foundation Helps Launch Unique Video Campaign SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- San Diegans now have a national voice in raising awareness of scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease. Through the "Walk for Cure" video awareness campaign, scleroderma supporters can share their personal reasons for taking part in Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma walks via video messages. Some messages will be inspirational, some touching, some...

2012-05-03 02:27:45

Rockefeller Plaza Window Display Educates Public About Tuberous Sclerosis Complex NEW YORK, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A window display at Rockefeller Plaza this month will help educate the general public about a devastating and rare genetic disease called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The display, created by the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, briefly describes TSC and highlights the very first TSC Global Awareness Day, which occurs May 15. The window space at 10...