Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 11, 2006
Pregnant women with lupus face higher risk of complications and death
Women with systemic lupus who become pregnant are at significantly greater risk for death or other medical complications than are pregnant women without lupus, Duke University Medical Center researchers have found in a nationwide study of more than 18 million women.

Mayo researchers offer evidence people with psoriasis greater risk for developing heart disease
People with the skin disorder psoriasis are at increased risk for developing heart disease, according to Mayo Clinic researchers presenting new study data at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting on November 14.

Two drugs may stabilize plaques in atherosclerosis
Two drugs that a Wake Forest University School of Medicine research team has been investigating for lupus for several years may stabilize atherosclerotic plaque in the walls of arteries and help avert heart attacks and strokes.

Repeat treatment with MabThera provides continuous improvement of quality of life in RA patients
Data presented at this year's American College of Rheumatology Congress (ACR) show that patients receiving repeat treatment with MabThera/Rituxan (rituximab) achieved continued improvement in both physical and mental aspects of quality of life measures.

Mayo Clinic information about accelerated aging among people with rheumatoid arthritis
The observation that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) die at a younger age than people without this disease is not new, but arthritis experts don't fully understand the causes of the increased mortality rates.

High-tech spectroscopy may be used to monitor neuropsychiatric symptoms
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy may provide a noninvasive way to monitor neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with lupus, according to results from research in mice at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
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