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Latest Systemic scleroderma Stories

2013-06-24 16:27:05

Global Observances and Outreach Bring Attention to Complex, Debilitating Autoimmune Disease TOURNAI, Belgium, HAMILTON, Ontario, and DANVERS, Mass., June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international consortium of patient advocacy groups dealing with the autoimmune disease scleroderma, also called systemic sclerosis, will mark World Scleroderma Day on Saturday, June 29. Events and observances around the world will be held and are designed to foster greater awareness and...

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...

2012-12-06 08:28:27

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nonprofit Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF) welcomes Andrew Tager, MD to present "New Directions for Scleroderma Treatments: Understanding the Basis for Current Clinical Trials" on December 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. PST. This free webinar will describe current scleroderma clinical trials and new treatments on the horizon. Dr. Tager is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, with appointments in the Center for...

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 06:26:18

A Free, Live Webinar Hosted by the Scleroderma Research Foundation on June 28, 2012 SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF) welcomes actor, comedian and Foundation Board Member Bob Saget to talk candidly about his involvement with scleroderma and the organization dedicated exclusively to finding a cure. The free one-hour webinar is not just for patients but also for those who may know someone with the disease or are...

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...

2012-05-31 11:39:24

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have identified an agent that in lab tests protected the skin and lungs from fibrosis, a process that can ultimately end in organ failure and even death because the damaged tissue becomes scarred and can no longer function properly. The findings were published today in Science Translational Medicine. There are no effective therapies for life-threatening illnesses such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and systemic sclerosis,...

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...

2012-05-10 09:35:16

Researchers say 3 proteins linked to worse outcomes are found more often in blacks than Caucasians with a common form of scleroderma A new analysis finds that compared to Caucasians, African-Americans with systemic scleroderma have more antibodies in the blood that are linked to severe complications and an increased likelihood of death. They say this finding, published today in Arthritis & Rheumatism, suggests physicians can use these disease markers to screen and treat scleroderma...