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PH Action Alert - Support Scleroderma Research
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2009 PH Resource Network Symposium. Leading Progress, Creating Partnerships: Empowering the Interdisciplinary PH Team. September 24-26, 2009. Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA
At your next PH appointment, ask your nurse, respiratory therapist or allied health professional to attend the PH Resource Network Symposium Thursday, September 24 - Saturday, September 26 in Arlington, Va.
Lisa RoesellAt the Symposium, your health professional will be educated on the latest advances in your treatment, and will be able to incorporate their new knowledge into your PH care. The Symposium includes dual tracks for the novice and advanced practitioner, ensuring relevant materials for all experience levels.

Take an active role in your PH treatment and educate your allied health professional! Direct your medical professional to PHA's homepage, or directly to the Symposium registration page at

Girl on the beach
It's not too late to watch and listen to the video recording of the presentation, via our archives!
Mary Bartlett, M.P., support group co-leader and Chair of the Membership Committee of PH Resource Network, explains how to safely enjoy the summer weather while managing PH. This presentation is useful for patients and caregivers alike. 
Visit our e-Learning archive for other useful presentations.
Medical ProfessionalsPHA recently collaborated with NeedyMeds, a non-profit that connects patients who cannot afford their treatment to various prescription assistance programs and resources, to create a PH-specific resource page.
The NeedyMeds PH Resource Page provides information about PH and simplifies the way in which you find assistance paying for your medications. Visit this site to learn more about PH treatments and treatment assistance programs!

Take Action buttonThe Scleroderma Research and Awareness Act was introduced in the House of Representatives last month, calling for increased research on scleroderma and related conditions, including PH. The Act would increase research, public education and awareness of scleroderma and related conditions, such as PH.
PHA and the Scleroderma Foundation have a long history of working together to raise awareness about both scleroderma and PH, and PHA is pleased to be able to support this important piece of legislation.
Contact your representative to support Scleroderma Research and Awareness Act.
DNA strandPHA offers useful tips and tricks for all members of the PH community in the PH Tip Sheets!
The advice comes in all forms, from "Vacation Mishaps" to "Structured Exercise and PH."
Recent additions include:
Ask a PH Specialist: What is the status of stem cell research for treating PH? (PDF)
Genetics, PAH, and GINA: How Do They Affect Me? (PDF)
Hints: Feeling Blue: What to Do When Sadness Becomes Depression (PDF)
PH in the NewsPH IN THE NEWS
Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and Response to Tadalafil (PHIRST)
( -- The current study sought to investigate the role of tadalafil in patients with PAH, with and without bosentan. Read article
New Pathway Found Underlying PH
( -- You-Yang Zhao and colleagues at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, have identified in mice a new molecular pathway underlying PH that they hope might provide novel therapeutic targets. Read article
MPs Support Campaign Against Charging Air Passengers for Oxygen
( United Kingdom -- A campaign to stop airlines penalizing passengers with breathing difficulties backed by two charities is being supported by 165 military police officers from across the political spectrum. Read article

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