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eLetter #652 | March 25, 2016  

Healthy Alternatives to Store-Bought Easter Candy

400x267xshutterstock_121456966-400x267.jpg.pagespeed.ic._fyOWhether you celebrate Easter or not, most aisles in your local grocery store are filled with highly processed candies this time of year that are unhealthy.  Before you purchase a bag of candy take a look at some healthier treats.

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Take Action to Save Medicare Benefits for People with Rheumatic Diseases

xzjzfJrhHQUucax-800x450-noPad.jpgMedicare beneficiaries, and the medical professionals who care for them, face significant complexities in managing care and treatment options associated with rheumatic conditions, such as scleroderma/systemic sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Newly proposed regulations will make it more difficult for rheumatologists to prescribe certain medications that can be life-improving and, in some cases, life-saving, to people with rheumatic conditions who receive Medicare benefits. Such medications include biologics, which are currently covered under Medicare Part B, but may not be covered under the proposed new regulations.  The Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations is asking for people with rheumatic conditions such as scleroderma and their families/caregivers to join them in the fight to preserve Medicare beneficiaries access to all treatments that healthcare professionals deem appropriate. 

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Are you a part of our online community?

laszvmZB.pngOur Inspire support community is now over 21,000 members strong! was created because we all need a safe place to discuss our heath.  There are now over 700,000 patients and caregivers on, interacting in several hundred communities - many of which are dedicated to people affected by chronic, invisible and/or rare disorders.

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Spring Cleaning - Naturally and Affordably

bakingsodaclean.jpgIt's official.  Spring is here.  Everything outside looks fresh and clean.  It is time to get inspired and make the inside of your home look and smell the same way.  Making your own cleaners is a great way to save money and stops toxins from entering your home.

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Patient Research Opportunity                                                                       

Persons with Systemic Sclerosis Needed for Research Study

Researchers from the Universities of New Mexico and Michigan and the Medical University of South Carolina are seeing participants for a study to evaluate a self-management program for people with systemic sclerosis.  For more information about the study and eligibility requirements please contact Jennifer Serrano at or 734.232.2119

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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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