|Top 10 Scleroderma Stories For 2012|
|Tuesday, 08 January 2013 09:16|
For the hundreds of thousands of people around the world, living with Scleroderma can be particularly challenging. As part of the Foundation's ongoing mission, we seek to source and provide useful information, tips, and articles which can help each and every patient overcome many of these challenges.
Today, we have reviewed and ranked our top 10 stories on Scleroderma for 2012, as featured on our site last year. Please feel free to check them out and let us know what you think in our comments section below.
#10: The Interplay Between Environmental and Genetic Factors in Autoimmune Disorders
In this article, the authors indicated that environmental factors such as chemicals and infectious agents can directly or indirectly induce epigenetic changes, which modulate gene expression and therefore associate with changes in immune cell function. For this reason, epigenetics provides a source of molecular mechanisms that can explain the environmental effects on the development of autoimmune disorders. Read the full story here.
#9: Mixed Connective Tissue Disease May Represent Subset of Systemic Scleroderma
Many patients with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD) may represent a subset of Systemic Scleroderma, rather than a disease involving overlapping connective tissue disorders as is commonly believed, or a subset of Lupus as some have suggested over the years. Read the full story here.
#8: 7 Natural Ways to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
Rheumatoid arthritis can have all the bewildering symptoms of an autoimmune disease, as well as the ups and downs of a chronic pain condition. This story featured seven things that you could try to help counter your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and get back to your normal life. Read the full story here.
#7: Natural Probiotic Supplements Can Help Reduce and Treat Autoimmune Disease Symptoms
Recent research suggests that patients struggling with certain autoimmune diseases and other chronic health concerns could benefit greatly from the regular use of all-natural, specially-formulated probiotic supplements to reduce and treat troublesome symptoms. Read the full story here.
#6: Venus Goes Vegan To Combat Sjogren’s Syndrome
In 2012, Venus Williams was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, after experiencing unusual fatigue for years. In an attempt to decrease her symptoms, she has decided to try a raw vegan diet , and yoga. Read the full story here.
#5: Nutrition Is Key To Combatting Your Autoimmune Disease
A diet rich in plants and low in animal fats and highly-processed foods is being recommended to reduce the risk of autoimmune disease and manage an existing one. To find out more, read the full story here.
#4: When Our Antibodies Turn On Us
More than 32 million Americans harbor potentially toxic proteins that can attack body tissues and lead to autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and Scleroderma. Similarly, The body produces proteins called antibodies to fight against infections, but in some cases, these proteins become turncoats, attacking the body’s own tissues instead. Read the full sory here.
#3: Autoimmune Disease Symptoms To Look Out For
We have understood for a long time that the detection and subsequent diagnoses of autoimmune diseases are difficult. Kathleen McGowan of SELF magazine put together a useful list of things one can look for, in symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Read the full story here.
#2: The Management and Treatment of Scleroderma is Improving
Management of systemic sclerosis is likely to improve as soon as an ongoing convergence of mechanistic insights, improved understanding of clinical trial design, and interest by industry results in new treatments. Read the full story here.
#1: What Are The Odds Of Having A Rare Disease?
What are the odds of having a rare disease though? Read the full story here, to learn more.