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  1. More Pets, Fewer Allergies. Children who live with cats and dogs when they are infants are less likely to develop allergies later in childhood. New York Times, 12/19/2018. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  2. The International Scleroderma Network thanks Jack and Elizabeth Lewis for their monthly pledge support! Posted 01/16/2019.
  3. Diastolic dysfunction (DD) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with low disease activity. The prevalence of DD as expressed by E/A ratio in RA patients with continued low disease activity was not different from that of controls. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 12/12/2018. (Also see Symptoms and Complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  4. Prevalence and Clinical Associations of Antiphospholipid Antibodies (aPL) in Systemic Sclerosis (SSc): New Data From a French Cross–Sectional Study, Systematic Review, and Meta–Analysis. In our SSc population, aPL positivity was associated with venous thrombosis and miscarriage and these data provide additional insights into the role of aPL in the vasculopathy observed in SSc. PubMed, Front Immunol, 2018 Nov 2;9:2457. (Also see Antiphospholipid Syndrome) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  5. The International Scleroderma Network thanks Gilead for their sponsorship support. Posted 01/14/2019.
  6. Rise in reports of polio–like illness being investigated. An increase in reported cases of a rare polio–like illness that mostly affects children is being investigated by Public Health England. BBC Health News, 12/19/2018. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  7. The effect of statin use on mortality in systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARD). In this study, statin initiation was shown to reduce overall mortality in patients with SARD after adjusting for relevant determinates of cardiovascular disease risk. PubMed, J Rheumatol, 2018 Dec;45(12):1689-1695. (Also see Statins) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
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    Breast feeding and Scleroderma

    Hi Blair, Welcome to these forums! I'm sorry to hear that your daughter has been diagnosed with en coup de sabre and send my best wishes to you. Regarding silicone breast implants, contradictory findings continue to plague research into this area. I've included a link to our medical page Causes of Scleroderma: Artificial Joints and Silicone Breast Implants, which may be helpful to you. Kind regards,
  9. Case Report: Complete heart block (CHB) in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Pacemaker implantation might be unavoidable if CHB is secondary to SSc, even if it is asymptomatic. PubMed, Medicine (Baltimore), 2018 Nov;97(46):e13226. (Also see Complications with Heart Involvement) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
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    Blood Results and Worried!

    Hi Norma, Welcome to these forums! I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering with Raynaud's and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and are feeling a little anxious about your blood test results. We do have quite a few warming tips on the Raynaud's link I've included, which I hope you'll find helpful and interesting. Please do let us know how you get on at your doctor's appointment in two weeks. Kind regards,
  11. The language of diabetes harms sufferers – it’s time for change. People living with diabetes can be left bewildered by a blame narrative encouraged by the media, and even by the medical profession. Independent, 12/11/2018. (Also see Diabetes) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  12. Would you like to help scientists find a cure for scleroderma? Dozens of clinical trials for scleroderma and pulmonary hypertension are actively recruiting now. Review them and be sure to ask your scleroderma expert about the ones you are interested in. (Also see Current Clinical Trials and Scleroderma Experts) Posted 01/09/2019.
  13. The relationship between type 1 IFN and vasculopathy in anti-MDA5 antibody–positive dermatomyositis (DM) patients. The high T1-IFN signatures of the MDA5 antibody–positive DM patients in serum and deep vasculatures suggested that T1-IFN may have important roles in the vasculopathy of these patients. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 12/11/2018. (Also see Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  14. Exploring Novel Treatment for Scleroderma–Associated Interstitial Lung Disease. This study is one of three major multicenter trials in which Cleveland Clinic’s Rheumatic Lung Disease Program is participating. Consult QD, 12/13/2018. (Also see Treatments for Pulmonary Fibrosis and Clinical Trials) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles
  15. Did you know you can help raise scleroderma awareness? The nonprofit International Scleroderma Network offers scleroderma awareness bracelets! Bracelets for just $2.50 each with free shipping and handling! They say "scleroderma" on one side and "sclero.org" on the other. (Also see Get Scleroderma Awareness Bracelets) Posted 01/07/2019.
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