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Europe Awaits Proposed New Framework for Sharing Health Data

The European Commission is expected to propose a new governing framework for health data next month, called the European Health Data Space (EHDS), with the aim of connecting national health systems to facilitate secure and efficient transfer of data across systems in different European nations. The move is expected to…

Inflammatory Protein, PTX3, May Be Potential AAV Diagnostic Biomarker

Significantly high levels of the inflammatory protein pentraxin-3 (PTX3) were found in the bloodstream and urine of people with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), particularly those with kidney involvement, a study revealed. Unlike C-reactive protein (CRP), a widely used inflammatory biomarker, PTX3 correlated with standard measures of AAV disease activity before…

Stopping Neutrophil Webs May Benefit Patients With Lung Fibrosis

Antimicrobial webs produced by neutrophils — immune cells that respond quickly to bodily injury — may be implicated in the development of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) accompanied by lung scarring (fibrosis), a recent review of several published studies revealed. These webs of DNA and antimicrobial proteins are known as neutrophil…

Procedure That Blocks Some Neck Nerves May Help Control EGPA

Stellate ganglion block, a procedure where a pain-relieving medicine is injected into the neck to block certain nerves, might be a successful therapeutic approach for eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), a recent case study suggests. The procedure helped control symptoms and lower corticosteroid doses, which are associated with detrimental…