Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Low Oxygen in Muscles Linked to Poor Exercise Capacity in SSc Patients

Poor oxygenation in skeletal muscles — those used in voluntary movements — contributes to impaired exercise capacity in people with scleroderma, a study suggests. The study, “Reduced exercise capacity in patients with systemic sclerosis is associated with lower peak tissue oxygen extraction: a cardiovascular magnetic resonance-augmented cardiopulmonary exercise…

Pulmonary Hypertension in SSc Patients Found to Shorten Survival

Having pulmonary hypertension shortens survival in people with scleroderma, also called systemic sclerosis (SSc), according to a Brazilian study that followed patients for up to three years and used a computer algorithm to analyze the results. Specifically, this lower survival rate in SSc patients with pulmonary hypertension was…

Study: Fecal Microbiome More Diverse in SSc Patients

The fecal microbiome — the community of microbes present in stools — of scleroderma patients is more diverse than that of healthy people, according to a Canadian study. The findings also showed that the diversity and abundance of bacterial species in the stools was higher among patients with an abnormal…

Survey IDs Top Factors Influencing Raynaud’s Treatment Choice

An international survey found that the ability to use one’s hands, physical symptoms, and the chance to prevent more severe problems are among the top factors taken into account by scleroderma patients when considering a therapeutic regimen for Raynaud’s phenomenon. Raynaud’s is a condition in which the fingers and toes…