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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…

2 blood proteins may help detect lung issues in scleroderma patients

Levels of two blood proteins, calcitonin and SOST, may be markers of lung disease in people with scleroderma, a new study shows. “This study indicates that serum calcitonin and SOST levels are promising biomarkers for [scleroderma]-related PAH [pulmonary arterial hypertension] and ILD [interstitial lung disease], respectively,” the researchers wrote, though…

CABA-201 gets FDA orphan drug status as scleroderma treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to Cabaletta Bio’s cell therapy CABA-201 as a treatment for adults with hard-to-treat systemic sclerosis (SSc), or scleroderma. Orphan drug designation is intended to support the accelerated development of investigational treatments for rare diseases, defined as…