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Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own body. The disease, which literally means "hard skin," can cause a thickening and tightening of the skin. In some cases it causes serious damage to internal organs including the lungs, heart, kidneys, esophagus and gastrointestinal tract. Some medicines and treatments can help with certain symptoms, but there is still no cure for scleroderma, which affects about 300,000 nationwide. (By way of comparison, about 50,000 people have muscular dystrophy, 250,000 are estimated to have lupus and 350,000 have multiple sclerosis.)
Green tea may help protect against Sjogren's syndrome

Green tea may help protect against Sjogren's syndrome

Rep. Dave Weldon comments on stem therapy and type I diabetes

Rep. Dave Weldon comments on stem therapy and type I diabetes

Atorvastatin may increase new blood vessel formation

Atorvastatin may increase new blood vessel formation

Antifibrotic effect of hepatocyte growth factor is impaired in lung fibroblasts isolated from African-Americans

Antifibrotic effect of hepatocyte growth factor is impaired in lung fibroblasts isolated from African-Americans

Paclitaxel may help treat scleroderma

Paclitaxel may help treat scleroderma

Cyclophosphamide may be a possible therapy for scleroderma

Cyclophosphamide may be a possible therapy for scleroderma

Pfizer submits regulatory filings for Revatio (sildenafil citrate) as a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension

Pfizer submits regulatory filings for Revatio (sildenafil citrate) as a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension

African Americans more likely to carry genetic variants known to stimulate inflammatory response

African Americans more likely to carry genetic variants known to stimulate inflammatory response

No convincing evidence that breast implants effect development of connective tissue disorders

No convincing evidence that breast implants effect development of connective tissue disorders

Investigational drug for pulmonary hypertension may improve the quality of life for patients with scleroderma and lupus

Investigational drug for pulmonary hypertension may improve the quality of life for patients with scleroderma and lupus

Shortage of pediatric rheumatologists often leads to improper diagnosis and treatment

Shortage of pediatric rheumatologists often leads to improper diagnosis and treatment

Study on the long-term health effects associated with silicone breast implants

Study on the long-term health effects associated with silicone breast implants