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How depression affects our sense of time. Time seems to pass extremely slowly or even stand still when a person suffers from depression, a study has found. Mail Online, 03/12/2015. (Also see Depression)

Procoagulant microparticles are increased in patients with Behçet's disease (BD) but do not define a specific subset of clinical manifestations. Although inactive BD patients had high values of procoagulant MP, they did not differentiate between BD patients with or without thrombosis. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 02/26/2015. (Also see: Symptoms and Complications of Behçet's Disease)

Interstitial Lung Disease in Scleroderma. The diagnosis of interstitial lung disease hinges on careful clinical evaluation and pulmonary function tests and high-resolution computed tomography. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, 03/05/2015. (Also see: Pulmonary Fibrosis Diagnosis)

Growing old can actually BOOST your brainpower. Like a fine wine, some parts of the human brain can take decades to mature and reach their peak, researchers have found. Mail Online, 03/11/2015. (Also see: Brain (Cerebral) Involvement)

Evaluation of early cardiac dysfunction in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with or without anticardiolipin antibodies. Identifying early cardiac involvement in SLE may lead to a reduction in mortality and morbidity rates. PubMed, Lupus. 02/18/2015. (Also see: Symptoms and Complications of Lupus)

Generalised calcinosis in systemic sclerosis. Calcinosis can be painful, complicated by secondary infections and lesions have been identified in a variety of areas such as hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, shoulder and spinal or gluteal regions. Indian Journal of Rheumatology, 02/26/2015. (Also see: Calcinosis)

Hungry, ratty, angry: you must be 'hangry' Are you prone to making bad or rash decisions or sometimes struggle to think clearly? You could be suffering from a new affliction. The Telegraph, 02/27/2015. (Also see: Diet and Systemic Scleroderma)

The role of antiphospholipid autoantibodies (aPL) in the cognitive deficits of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Results support the relationship between aPL and cognitive symptoms in SLE. PubMed, Lupus, 02/18/2015. (Also see: Antibodies in Lupus)

A comparison of the predictive accuracy of three screening models for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Ultimately, the choice of SSc-PAH screening algorithm will also depend on cost and ease of application. PubMed, Arthritis Res Ther, 2015 Jan 18;17(1):7. (Also see: Pulmonary Hypertension Diagnosis)

Nutrition Panel Calls for Less Sugar and Eases Cholesterol and Fat Restrictions. A nutrition advisory panel eased some of its previous restrictions on fat and cholesterol and recommended sharp new limits on the amount of added sugar that Americans should consume. New York Times, 02/19/2015. (Also see: Food Guide for Autoimmune Disease and Illnesses)

Sonographic assessment of interstitial lung disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Transthoracic ultrasound of the lung might be a sensitive non-invasive tool to observe early stage interstitial lung disease in rheumatic diseases. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, 01/29/2015. (Also see: Diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis)

Examination of autoantibody status and clinical features that associate with cancer risk and cancer-associated scleroderma. Increased age at scleroderma onset is strongly associated with cancer risk overall.PubMed, Arthritis Rheumatol, 01/20/2015. (Also see: Cancer and Scleroderma and Antibodies)

Surgical treatment of systemic sclerosis: Is it justified to offer peripheral sympathectomy earlier in the disease process? Peripheral sympathectomy is a well-tolerated procedure in patients with SSc and is associated with predictable pain relief and ulcer healing in the majority of patients. PubMed, Microsurgery, 01/14/2015. (Also see: Digital Sympathectomy)

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