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Carbon Dioxide Lasers Studied for SSc Therapy

“Fractional Carbon Dioxide Laser Versus UVA 1 in Treatment of Localized Scleroderma,” a clinical trial currently recruiting patients, is looking to add another possible remedy to the list for systemic sclerosis (SSc). In the trial, fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment will be compared against UVA1…

SSc Autoantibodies Associated with Malignancies

Certain patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) may be at a higher risk for malignancies based on autoantibodies present in their blood. Specifically, work presented by Dr. Cosimo Bruni at the 2014 American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, “An Association of Anti-PM/Scl Antibody Reactivity with Risk of Malignancy…

Researchers Explore Prediction of Scleroderma Renal Crisis With Anti-RNAP III

Scientists from the Department of Dermatology at the Institute of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences, Kanazawa University, Japan have confirmed that antibodies to a specific enzyme — RNA polymerase III — are associated with scleroderma renal crisis (SRC). RNA polymerase III’s normal function is to convert (transcribe) DNA into RNA. Antibodies to RNA polymerase III are called anti-RNAP…