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  1. Significance of PR3–ANCA positivity in eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) (Churg-Strauss). This suggests that PR3–ANCA EGPA could be a particular form of PR3–ANCA–associated vasculitis. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2020 Dec 21;keaa805. (Also see Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  2. More Than 40% of Scleroderma Patients Have Bone Density Loss, Study Finds. More than 40% of scleroderma patients are diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis and the risk is increased by time from first symptom and with the use of immunosuppressants, a study has found. Scleroderma News, 12/15/2020. (Also see Osteoporosis) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  3. The International Scleroderma Network thanks Jo Frowde for her monthly pledge support! Posted 02/24/2021.
  4. Hi Bob, Welcome to these forums. I'm very pleased to hear that you've had a successful transplant and do hope that you continue to improve. Kind regards,
  5. Hi Storm, Welcome to these forums. I'm sorry to hear that you've been experiencing unpleasant symptoms and are worried about a possible diagnosis of scleroderma. I've found an article to give you a little light reading : The systemic sclerosis patient in the COVID-19 era: the challenging crossroad between immunosuppression, differential diagnosis and long-term psychological distress which does seem to suggest that there are similarities between the symptoms of scleroderma and covid-19, particularly when the lungs are involved. Scleroderma is a complex disea
  6. Data Show More Women Are Freezing Their Eggs During the Pandemic, Defying Doctors‘ Expectations. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, fertility clinics braced themselves for a downturn. Time Healthland, 01/13/2021. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  7. Elevated carcinoembryonic antigen predicts rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease (RP-ILD) in clinically amyopathic dermatomyositis (CADM). An elevated serum CEA level is common in patients with CADM, and a higher serum carcinoembryonic antigen level is a powerful indicator of RP-ILD and poor prognosis in those patients. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2021 Jan 4;keaa819. (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.
  8. Does sublingual microscopy correlate with nailfold videocapillaroscopy in systemic sclerosis (SSc)? Nailfold and sublingual microscopy can identify a loss of capillary density in SSc patients. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 01/07/2021. (Also see Vascular Involvement and Nailfold Capillaroscopy) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  9. Covid: 10 new mass vaccination centres to open in England. NHS England said the new centres would offer "thousands" of jabs a week. BBC Health News, 01/17/2021. (Also see Vaccinations) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  10. The International Scleroderma Network thanks Genentech for their sponsorship support. Posted 02/21/2021.
  11. Association of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and traditional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors with the incidence of dementia among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Patients with RA with both CVD and CV risk factors alone are at an increased risk for dementia compared to those with neither CVD nor CV risk factors. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, 01/05/2021. (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.
  12. The hard problem: Mechanotransduction perpetuates the myofibroblast phenotype in scleroderma fibrosis. Fibrotic myofibroblasts possess an intrinsically activated pro-adhesive signaling pathway, and that this contributes to the perpetuation of pathological fibrosis. PubMed, Wound Repair Regen, 01/07/2021. (Also see Fibroblasts) This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  13. Rise in youngsters with eating disorders is yet another distressing cost of the Covid lockdown. Experts have seen a rise in eating disorder patients, sparked by Covid pandemic. Mail Online, 01/17/2021. This item was posted in the ISN Newsroom. Please check the newsroom daily for updates on scleroderma and other related articles.
  14. The International Scleroderma Network thanks Jack and Elizabeth Lewis for their monthly pledge support! Posted 02/16/2021.
  15. Beta–2–glycoprotein–I IgA antibodies predict coronary plaque progression in rheumatoid arthritis. Anti-β2GPI IgA addition to clinical risk models improved prediction accuracy of coronary artery calcium, plaque progression and transition to extensive/obstructive disease. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, 12/17/2020. (Also see Symptoms and Complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Antibodies) 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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