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R-107 Stops PAH Progression, Reverses Hypertension in Rats

An investigational therapy called R-107 completely stopped the progression of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in a rat model and may become the first medicine to reverse the increasing blood pressure characteristic of the disease, a study suggested. Now, R-107’s developer, Claritas Pharmaceuticals, plans to begin clinical testing…

Arterial Stiffness Early Marker of CTEPH After Embolism

In people experiencing a pulmonary embolism, higher-than-normal arterial stiffness at the time of hospital discharge increased the risk of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) when evaluated one month later, according to a study in Italy. Given that this patient population is at risk of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension…

Partnership Aims to Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs for Rare Disease Meds

AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, a specialty and home delivery pharmacy, is partnering with TailorMed, a healthcare technology company, to help lower out-of-pocket prescription costs for specialty pharmacy patients. Medications attained through specialty pharmacies are those used to treat rare and chronic conditions in the U.S., and are often extremely costly. For…

National Broadcast Series Focuses on PAH

An upcoming series of educational virtual events for people with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and their caregivers will offer insights and perspectives about how to manage life with PAH. The National Broadcast Series will include three talks from August to October. Each of the one-hour talks is scheduled to…

Higher CDC2 Protein Levels Increase Cell Proliferation in PAH

A protein known as cell division cycle protein 2 (CDC2) enhances the proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells — those lining the walls of lung arteries — in people with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a study reported. Additionally, the increased level of CDC2 in these cells was found…

Nominations Open for 2022 Eurordis Black Pearl Awards

Nominations are now open for the worldwide 2022 Black Pearl Awards from Eurordis-Rare Diseases Europe. The 12 award categories recognize individual advocates, policy makers, researchers, organizations, and companies who work to make a difference for the global rare disease community. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 10…

Fatty Liver Disease More Common Among People With PH

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) — an umbrella term for conditions caused by a buildup of fat in the liver — is about twice as common among people who have pulmonary hypertension (PH) than among those who do not, a review of almost 19,000 people has shown. The finding…

PH Not Common Disease, Population Study Finds, But Groups at Risk

The likelihood of developing pulmonary hypertension (PH) is low among people in southern Italy, a study drawn from a random and large grouping of individuals with echocardiograms, done to determine disease prevalence, suggested. Independent predictors of PH include female sex and right ventricular enlargement, its scientists noted. The study, “…