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2010-03-20 13:22:38

By studying the genetics of a rare inherited disorder called stiff skin syndrome, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have learned more about scleroderma, a condition affecting about one in 5,000 people that leads to hardening of the skin as well as other debilitating and often life-threatening problems. The findings, which appear this week in Science Translational Medicine, open doors to testing new treatments. "Scleroderma is a common and often devastating...

2010-02-10 09:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Amira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that their collaborators, Andrew Tager, M.D. and Flavia V. Castelino, M.D. of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, will present a preclinical proof-of-concept study which demonstrates that the bioactive lipid lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), through its high affinity LPA1 receptor, is an important mediator of fibrogenesis in the bleomycin mouse model of scleroderma. Data will be presented as part...

2010-01-28 11:46:08

Largest US study to date finds mortality outcomes improving A recent study by researchers from the Cleveland Clinic found that the overall mortality rate in the U.S. for all pediatric patients with rheumatic diseases was not worse than the age and sex-adjusted population. Furthermore, mortality rates were significantly lower than reported in previous studies of rheumatic diseases and conditions that are associated with increased mortality. Details of the study appear in the February issue of...

2009-11-16 08:00:00

DANVERS, Mass., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For an estimated 5-10 percent of the population, the wintertime blues are more than a state of mind. Cold weather triggers a painful and sometimes debilitating disorder for millions of Americans who suffer from Raynaud's disease (also known as Raynaud's syndrome or phenomenon). Raynaud's is an autoimmune disorder in which spasms in the blood vessels can interrupt blood flow to the fingers, toes, nose and ears. Exposure to cold...

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...

2009-08-04 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...


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