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Companies team up to ID biomarkers for cancer treatment in RDEB

Onconova Therapeutics and Pangea Biomed are teaming up to identify biomarkers that can help predict a response to the experimental cancer therapy rigosertib in people with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB). Multiple clinical trials are underway to test rigosertib — developed by Onconova — as a potential treatment…

30+ conditions more common in EBA patients ID’d in study

People with epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) are at a higher risk of developing other autoimmune disorders, certain types of cancers, and heart diseases, a study suggests. The findings also indicate that other autoimmune diseases as well as some infections may be risk factors for EBA. The study, “…

Tofacitinib treatment eases man’s EB acquisita symptoms

Tofacitinib, a therapy approved for certain inflammatory diseases effectively controlled symptoms of epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) in a man with the disease. The case was described as a letter to the editor titled “Treatment of Recurrent Epidermolysis Bullosa Acquisita With Tofacitinib” in JAMA Dermatology. EBA is a…

Case report describes 4 children with EB and airway ills

Airway involvement is a rare but burdensome and life-threatening manifestation of epidermolysis bullosa (EB) that requires prompt and proper management, according to a recent case report. Researchers in Saudi Arabia described four children with EB who were brought to their clinic showing involvement of their larynx, or voice box,…

Blood Test May Help Diagnose Anemia in RDEB Children

The level of soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR) in blood may help diagnose more children with anemia, a condition caused by having too few red blood cells that’s common in recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB), a study suggests. The study, “Iron status and burden of anemia in children with…