Author Archives: Alberto Molano, PhD

Systemic Sclerosis Not Linked to Problems with Exocrine Pancreas, Which Carries Malnutrition Risk, Study Finds

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is not associated with clinically significant exocrine pancreatic dysfunction, a condition that can promote malnutrition in patients, researchers report. Of note, exocrine refers to the part of the pancreas that functions as a gland, producing and secreting digestive enzymes. The study, “Exocrine Pancreatic Function is…

Clinical Signs of Interstitial Lung Disease in Systemic Sclerosis Patients Identified, Study Reports

Certain clinical characteristics that researchers suggest could be potentially useful indicators of interstitial lung disease in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients were recently identified in a study. Findings indicated that longer disease duration, positive anti-Scl70 antibody titers, higher white blood cell and platelet counts, greater erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) levels,…

New Blood Test Measures Scleroderma Biomarker Linked to Gastrointestinal Issues and Pulmonary Hypertension

A new blood test measures autoantibodies called anti-vinculin, which have been found to be higher in scleroderma patients and have also been associated with gastrointestinal complications and pulmonary hypertension. The test, called sclero-smart, was developed through a partnership with the Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) program at…

Joint Contractures, Ulcerations, Severe Raynaud’s Linked to Impaired Hand Function in Scleroderma

The presence of moderate or severe small joint contractures, finger ulcerations, and the severity of Raynaud’s phenomenon show the strongest association with impaired hand function in scleroderma patients, a study reports. The study, “The association of sociodemographic and disease variables with hand function: a Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network cohort…