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Stem Cell-derived Tiny Vesicles Lessened Fibrosis, Inflammation

Under-the-skin treatment with tiny vesicles produced by mesenchymal stem cells significantly lessened skin abnormalities and scarring, while reducing markers of disease and inflammation, in a mouse model of scleroderma, a study showed. Notably, these beneficial effects — similar to those of treatment with the bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells…

Skin Fibrosis Worse When Lungs Involved, Study Finds

Scleroderma involving the lungs is associated with a greater degree of skin scarring, or fibrosis, according to a new research model that seeks to predict a person’s risk of organ-specific complications involved in that disorder. The study, “Correlation Between Skin and Affected Organs in 52 Sclerodermic Patients…

Scleroderma Foundation More Than Doubles Research Funding to $2.7M

The Scleroderma Foundation is announcing that it has more than doubled its annual research funding, to $2.7 million, and increased the amount of its grant awards by $50,000, to $200,000. To accommodate the change in funding opportunities — effective for the 2022 grant-funding cycle — the nonprofit organization has…

EveryLife Introduces First of Kind ‘Roadmap’ to ICD Codes

To help patient advocacy leaders and their partners better understand how global health statistics codes — known as ICD codes — are assigned, updated, and revised in the U.S. health information system, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is presenting a first-of-its-kind resource guide. The foundation created the…

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…

Protein’s Levels in Blood May Mark SSc Patients at Risk of PAH

Blood levels of the protein endocan may be a potential biomarker in identifying people with scleroderma who are at risk for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a study reported. The study, which supported previous findings regarding this protein, was titled “Endocan and Circulating Progenitor Cells in Women with Systemic…

Gesynta Pharma Seeks OK to Assess GS-248 in Trials

Gesynta Pharma has submitted an investigational new drug (IND) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking approval to test its oral therapy, GS-248, in clinical trials with systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) patients. GS-248 is an experimental therapy being developed for conditions characterized by microvascular disease, including systemic sclerosis.