Lindsey Shapiro, PhD, science writer —

Lindsey earned her PhD in neuroscience from Emory University in Atlanta, where she studied novel therapeutic strategies for treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy. She was awarded a fellowship from the American Epilepsy Society in 2019 for this research. Lindsey also previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher, studying the role of inflammation in epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

Articles by Lindsey Shapiro

New model predicts risk of progressive lung disease in SSc-ILD

Researchers have developed a model for predicting which systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) — together known as SSc-ILD — will experience progressive lung function declines that are known to be associated with a poorer prognosis. The prediction algorithm accounts for nine clinical factors, including…

Non-invasive test may be useful to monitor blood flow complications

A non-invasive technique called flow-mediated dilation (FMD) could be useful for monitoring blood vessel alterations in people with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and predicting the likelihood of certain blood flow (vascular) complications, a study has found. The test findings show distinct differences between SSc patients and healthy people, and were…

Changes in metabolites may serve as blood biomarkers in SSc

Certain metabolic changes in the blood could serve as biomarkers for systemic sclerosis (SSc), according to a recent analysis. In “the largest metabolic study in SSc so far,” researchers identified metabolites — small molecules that are products of metabolism — that distinguished SSc patients from healthy adults, but were…

2 Inflammatory Biomarkers Linked to Greater Disease Activity in SSc

Elevations in two indices of body-wide inflammation are associated with greater disease activity in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients, according to a recent study. The two inflammatory markers — called the platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) and platelet-to-hemoglobin ratio (PHR) — were also associated with skin ulcers, and musculoskeletal and pulmonary…