Thursday 16th September 2021

Living with lung disease: Georgina's story

September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is also known as interstitial lung disease (ILD) and is the most common form of lung involvement in SSc. This can occur at any time, although early detection often leads to much better outcomes. This is Georgina’s story of living with lung disease, which has a dramatic impact upon her life.

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Wednesday 1st September 2021

The OCTAVE Study: Scaling up our understanding of vaccine effectiveness in people living with autoimmune conditions

OCTAVE study reveals how effective COVID-19 vaccinations are in immunocompromised participants

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Thursday 26th August 2021

Just in time! UK approves new COVID-19 treatment for immunocompromised individuals

As OCTAVE study sheds light on the reduced immune response in those with chronic illness, the new antibody treatment from Regeneron and Roche could be of great benefit for those who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised.

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Friday 6th August 2021

Utilizing Ultrasound

Dr Victoria Flower was awarded funding by SRUK to research non-invasive methods of skin assessment in scleroderma. Last month, her work was published in The Journal of Rheumatology, discussing the potential use of High Frequency Ultrasound as a more objective and detailed measure of skin involvement in scleroderma.

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Tuesday 3rd August 2021

Johnny Howley's 3 Peaks Challenge

A father from Greater Manchester, whose six-year-old daughter has the rare autoimmune disease scleroderma, has raised more than £7,000 for SRUK to help fund research into the condition

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Thursday 29th July 2021

Could I be at risk? What we know so far about immune responses to the COVID-19 vaccination in those with weakened immune systems

As the UK strives to give every adult their COVID-19 vaccinations, what do we know about their effectiveness in protecting those with weakened immune systems such as some individuals with scleroderma?

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Thursday 22nd July 2021

Touching on Touchscreens - Making Technology More Accessible for People With Scleroderma

Are you reading this from a touchscreen device? Using touchscreen technology is something many of us do every day, without even thinking about it. But what happens to the people who have conditions that make touchscreens tough?

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Friday 16th July 2021

Systemic sclerosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension

Systemic sclerosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSC-PAH) occurs when fibrosis causes the walls of the pulmonary arteries to thicken, raising their blood pressure and placing additional strain upon the heart. The early signs of SSc-PAH include persistent breathlessness, that may be so mild at first that you hardly notice it. If this sounds familiar, tell your doctor.

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Thursday 8th July 2021

Collaboration is Key: Developing a New Diagnostic Tool for Scleroderma

“We are limited by current assessment tools such as the skin score, which is limited by subjectivity, as well as the time needed for training and standardisation. We need to make sure that new treatments are evaluated in the best and most robust way so that we can make more progress and discontinue approaches that do not work.” Prof. Chris Denton

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Thursday 24th June 2021

The CRISTAL Index

SRUK funding is playing a key role in improving how we determine the success of new treatments in clinical trials. These projects aim to better inform researchers of the impact of potential therapies, ultimately improving wellbeing and quality of life for people living with scleroderma.

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