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

Worse Organ Damage Likely for Older Men With Diffuse SSc: Study

Several clinical characteristics in people with systemic sclerosis (SSc) — specifically, being male, older age, diffuse SSc forms, and inflammation — were associated with a greater accumulation of organ damage over time in a recent study. The level of damage accumulation, called a damage trajectory, also correlated with mortality…

Study Links GI Symptoms to Low Muscle Mass in SSc

Low muscle mass is associated with gastrointestinal (GI) bloating in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc), a recent study revealed. Disease duration, severity, and activity, as well as skin thickening, also were higher in patients with low muscle mass. “At the best of our knowledge, this is the first study…

Galectin-3 May Serve as Early Biomarker of Cardiac Problems

Levels of the protein, galectin-3, are associated with heart involvement in people with systemic sclerosis (SSc), according to a recent pilot study. The protein could be used as a biomarker to more quickly detect and address cardiac problems. Another protein, called soluble suppression of tumorigenicity-2 (sST2), was…