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eLetter #632 | November 13, 2015  

Hidden Fetal Cells May Protect Mom

fetal.jpegIs pregnancy similar to an alien invasion?  According to Dr. Hilary Gammill it is! The fetus has different genes than the mom. So in a sense, she is a foreigner inside the mom's body. Fetal medicine experts are beginning to figure out what these cells are actually doing and how they may be involved in how cancer and autoimmune diseases affect woman.

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Video:  The Sick Gut in Scleroderma:  A Focus on Nutrition and Probiotics

SS-frech-video-playback.jpgDr. Tracy Frech discusses nutritional concerns in scleroderma at the 2015 National Patient Education Conference. This session also includes a great discussion on the gastrointestinal tract and a review of diet considerations and probiotic use.

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The Importance of Children in Clinical Studies

ccs-baby-small.jpgChildren have often had to accept medicines and treatments based on what is known to work in adults. As a society, we should not agree to this "hand-me-down" approach. To improve clinical care of cildren, researchers are now conducting more studies focused on children's health and developing treatments, drugs, and devices specific to children.

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Art Therapy - How Creative Expression Can Heal

art-therapy-career2-300x199.jpgHuman beings have used art as a mode of expression for thousands of years, art therapy was not recognized as a distinct profession until the 1940s. Art therapy is based on knowledge of human developmental and psychological theories and is an effective treatment for people with developmental, medical, educational, social, or psychological problems. Is art therapy right for you?

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Disclaimer: The Scleroderma Foundation in no way endorses any drugs, treatments, clinical trials, or studies reported in the eLetter. Information is provided to keep the readers informed. Because the manifestations and severity of scleroderma vary among individuals, personalized medical management is essential. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that all drugs and treatments be discussed with the reader’s physician(s) for proper evaluation and treatment.

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