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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a condition involving high blood pressure and structural changes in the walls of the pulmonary arteries, which are the blood vessels that connect the right side of the heart to the lungs. Affecting people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds - but most commonly found in young women of child-bearing years - the disease has historically been chronic and incurable, with a poor survival rate. PAH is often not diagnosed in a timely manner because its early symptoms can be confused with those of many other pulmonary and respiratory conditions. Symptoms include shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, dizziness, fainting, swollen ankles and legs and chest pain (especially during physical activity). With proper diagnosis, there are currently several therapies to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life for PAH patients. The key is to find a PAH specialist and pursue immediate treatment.
Vascular receptor autoantibodies implicated in SSc-PAH

Vascular receptor autoantibodies implicated in SSc-PAH

medwireNews: Autoantibodies to endothelin receptor type A and angiotensin receptor type-1 predict the development of, and mortality from, systemic sclerosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension, research suggests. [More]
Case Western Reserve researcher lands Director's New Innovator Awards from NIH

Case Western Reserve researcher lands Director's New Innovator Awards from NIH

For the second consecutive year, a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher has landed one of the year's much-coveted Director's New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health. Principal investigator Rong Xu, PhD, assistant professor of medical informatics, will receive $2,377,000 for five years, starting immediately, to initiate computational analysis of thousands of drugs and their effects. [More]
Noninvasive diagnosis ‘reliable’ for pulmonary hypertension diagnosis

Noninvasive diagnosis ‘reliable’ for pulmonary hypertension diagnosis

Doppler echocardiography has good accuracy relative to right heart catheterisation for detecting pulmonary hypertension, shows a large study. [More]
Expert creates new evidence-based guideline for managing sickle cell disease

Expert creates new evidence-based guideline for managing sickle cell disease

An expert panel has created a new evidence-based guideline for managing sickle cell disease (SCD), with a strong recommendation for the use of the drug hydroxyurea and transfusion therapy for many individuals with SCD, although high-quality evidence is limited, with few randomized clinical trials conducted for this disease, according to an article in the September 10 issue of JAMA. [More]
New potential therapeutic targets for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

New potential therapeutic targets for treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

Two new potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension, a deadly disease marked by high blood pressure in the lungs, have been identified by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. [More]
White pill may help scientists learn why patients with cystic fibrosis have less exercise capacity

White pill may help scientists learn why patients with cystic fibrosis have less exercise capacity

A little white pill may help scientists learn why patients with cystic fibrosis have less exercise capacity than their peers, even if their lungs are relatively healthy. [More]
New data confirms that mechanical heart valves raise risks during and after pregnancy

New data confirms that mechanical heart valves raise risks during and after pregnancy

The fact that mechanical heart valves increase risks during and after pregnancy, has been confirmed by data from the ROPAC registry presented for the first time today in an ESC Congress Hot Line session by Professor Jolien W. Roos-Hesselink, co-chair with Professor Roger Hall of the registry's executive committee. [More]
ESC launches first recommendations on use of all new oral anticoagulants in pulmonary embolism

ESC launches first recommendations on use of all new oral anticoagulants in pulmonary embolism

The first recommendations on the use of all new oral anticoagulants in pulmonary embolism are published today in new ESC Guidelines. [More]
New UCLA study finds that oxidized lipids may also contribute to pulmonary hypertension

New UCLA study finds that oxidized lipids may also contribute to pulmonary hypertension

Oxidized lipids are known to play a key role in inflaming blood vessels and hardening arteries, which causes diseases like atherosclerosis. A new study at UCLA demonstrates that they may also contribute to pulmonary hypertension, a serious lung disease that narrows the small blood vessels in the lungs. [More]
Speckle tracking data shows promise in right ventricular assessment

Speckle tracking data shows promise in right ventricular assessment

Patients with pulmonary hypertension have reduced right ventricular strain and more dyssynchronous ventricles than healthy individuals, show results of a three-dimensional speckle tracking study. [More]
Phase 3 ASPIRE clinical trial meets primary endpoint of progression-free survival

Phase 3 ASPIRE clinical trial meets primary endpoint of progression-free survival

Amgen and its subsidiary, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., today announced that a planned interim analysis demonstrated that the Phase 3 clinical trial ASPIRE (CArfilzomib, Lenalidomide, and DexamethaSone versus Lenalidomide and Dexamethasone for the treatment of PatIents with Relapsed Multiple MyEloma) met its primary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS). [More]
Brain network measures placebo effects in Parkinson's disease patients

Brain network measures placebo effects in Parkinson's disease patients

Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have utilized a new image-based strategy to identify and measure placebo effects in randomized clinical trials for brain disorders. The findings are published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation. [More]
Novel oxygen uptake parameter aids idiopathic PAH evaluation

Novel oxygen uptake parameter aids idiopathic PAH evaluation

Oxygen uptake efficiency plateau, measured during the cardiopulmonary exercise test, offers a novel method for evaluating gas exchange abnormalities in patients with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, Chinese researchers report. [More]
CHEST guideline released for PAH

CHEST guideline released for PAH

An updated CHEST guideline for treating pulmonary arterial hypertension provides some evidence-based recommendations but also highlights many evidence gaps. [More]
New technology removes blood clots

New technology removes blood clots

When a large blood clot was discovered attached to the end of a catheter inside the right atrial chamber of a patient's heart, doctors faced a daunting challenge. [More]
Chinese FDA accepts Lee's IND for Phase 2 dry eye study

Chinese FDA accepts Lee's IND for Phase 2 dry eye study

RegeneRx Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lee's Pharmaceutical Holdings Ltd. today jointly announced that the Chinese FDA has accepted a Phase II IND for RGN-259 (thymosin beta 4-based, preservative-free eye drops) to be tested in patients with moderate to severe dry eye syndrome in China. [More]
Yoga exercise program developed for patients living with pulmonary hypertension

Yoga exercise program developed for patients living with pulmonary hypertension

A first-of-its-kind yoga exercise program has been developed by Henry Ford Hospital for patients living with pulmonary hypertension, a chronic lung disease that afflicts women at least two times more than men. [More]
Using placental cells to repair damaged tissues: an interview with Zami Aberman, CEO, Pluristem Therapeutics

Using placental cells to repair damaged tissues: an interview with Zami Aberman, CEO, Pluristem Therapeutics

We start with birth and we collect the cells after C-section. The reason for that is we have to have the mother sign a consent letter that she is donating the placenta and, on top of that, we have to have a blood sample from the mother to test for any viral contamination. [More]
Risk-based preventive measures lower frequency of postoperative blood clots

Risk-based preventive measures lower frequency of postoperative blood clots

Surgery patients are much less likely to get a blood clot in the lower extremities or lungs if they receive preventive treatment based on their individual clotting risk, in addition to walking soon after the operation. [More]
Novel drug for patients with inoperable CTEPH shows improvement in international trial

Novel drug for patients with inoperable CTEPH shows improvement in international trial

After a year of being treated with a novel drug, patients with inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) and those with persistent or recurrent pulmonary hypertension after an operation for the disease showed sustained improvement in a multicenter, international trial presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference. [More]