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Heart, kidney disease risk factors for adverse effects from gout medication
Heart disease is an independent risk factor for severe adverse skin reactions in patients taking allopurinol, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-09-30)
Nearly 1 in 3 patients with lupus use prescription opioids for pain
A new study finds nearly one in three adults with lupus use prescription opioids to manage pain, despite a lack of evidence that opioids are effective for reducing pain from rheumatic diseases. (2019-09-26)
Changes in internal medicine subspecialty choices of women, men
This study used enrollment data to examine changes in the internal medicine subspecialty choices of women and men from 1991 to 2016. (2019-09-23)
Synthetic cells capture and reveal hidden messages of the immune system
New research is highly relevant to how antibodies are made in response to infections, vaccines and in autoimmunity due to the its analysis of a signal that is associated with hyper IgM syndrome, a genetic deficiency of CD40 ligand (CD40L) that results in profound immunodeficiency. (2019-09-17)
Patient survey highlights challenges for the 1 in 4 living with rheumatic disease
Americans living with rheumatic disease face significant healthcare challenges, according to a national patient survey released this week by the American College of Rheumatology and its Simple Tasks™ public awareness campaign. (2019-09-13)
How IL-6 allows the immune response to develop for a key cell, the T follicular helper
A preclinical study published in Science Immunology shows how the interplay of two interleukin signaling proteins, IL-6 and IL-2, affects the development of T follicular helper cells and germinal centers. (2019-09-13)
370 healthcare groups send letter to congress urging prior authorization reform in medicare advantage
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR), along with 369 other leading patient, physician, and healthcare professional organizations, sent a letter to Congress urging passage of the Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. (2019-09-11)
Rheumatology leaders and patients go to Capitol Hill to advocate
Physicians and health professionals from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) along with rheumatology patients gathered on Capitol Hill this week for the annual Advocates for Arthritis event to urge lawmakers to take action on a range of policy issues affecting patient access to rheumatology care. (2019-09-10)
Modifiable risk factors contribute to gout
Elevated urate in the blood (hyperuricemia) is a precursor of gout, which is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis worldwide. (2019-09-05)
Joint lubricating fluid plays key role in osteoarthritic pain, study finds
A team at the University of Cambridge has shown how, in osteoarthritis patients, the viscous lubricant that ordinarily allows our joints to move smoothly triggers a pain response from nerve cells similar that caused by chilli peppers. (2019-08-14)
Pain medications linked to higher cardiovascular risks in patients with osteoarthritis
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to control the pain and inflammation in individuals with osteoarthritis (OA), but a new Arthritis & Rheumatology study suggests that NSAIDs contribute to cardiovascular side effects in these patients. (2019-08-07)
Excellence payments to hospitals improve hip fracture care
A scheme that pays hospitals to deliver high quality care has been shown to improve the outcomes for patients with broken hips in England. (2019-07-31)
Novel rheumatoid arthritis drug succeeds in clinical trial led by Stanford investigator
Rheumatoid arthritis patients getting little or no relief from conventional small-molecule drugs and injectable biologic drugs saw substantial improvement in their condition from daily use of an experimental compound in a large 24-week study led by a Stanford University School of Medicine investigator. (2019-07-23)
B cells off rails early in lupus
Emory scientists could discern that in people with SLE, signals driving expansion and activation are present at an earlier stage of B cell differentiation than previously appreciated. (2019-07-03)
Patient organization challenges government to bring vital support to people with rheumatic diseases in Cyprus
The campaign presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) reports how the Cyprus League Against Rheumatism (CYPLAR) successfully took on the Ministry of Health after authorization was denied to introduce specialized rheumatology nurses due to a perceived lack of interest in rheumatology education. (2019-06-14)
Suicidal thoughts related to pain in 1 in 10 patients with rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease
The results of a survey presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) highlight the significant impact of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) on mental health and a worrying lack of psychological care. (2019-06-14)
Tildrakizumab shows promising efficacy and safety in psoriatic arthritis
The results of a phase 2B study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) demonstrate superior efficacy and comparable safety of tildrakizumab versus placebo in patients with psoriatic arthritis. (2019-06-14)
Inflammatory bowel disease and type i diabetes increase chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) demonstrate increased rates of type I diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in patients that go on to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA). (2019-06-14)
Study reveals significant gaps in essential rheumatoid arthritis care across Europe and between European countries
The results of a large pan-European survey presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) investigated significant gaps in rheumatoid arthritis care across 16 patient-centered Standards of Care in rheumatoid arthritis. (2019-06-14)
Vagus nerve stimulation study shows significant reduction in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
The results of a pilot study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) suggest that electro stimulation of one of the nerves connecting the brain to the body (the vagus nerve), could provide a novel treatment approach for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. (2019-06-14)
New biomarkers for cardiovascular risk in patients with juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE)
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) identify ApoB:A1 ratio and metabolomic lipoprotein signatures as potential biomarkers for cardiovascular risk in patients with juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (JSLE). (2019-06-13)
New study debunks theoretical risks of live-attenuated vaccines in children with rheumatic diseases
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019), jointly organized with the Paediatric Rheumatology Society (PReS), demonstrate no vaccine infections, and no disease flare, in the 234 rheumatic patients who received live-attenuated booster vaccination while taking immune suppressing therapies. (2019-06-13)
Patients at a reduced risk of venous thromboembolism and persistent pain after partial versus total knee replacement
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) demonstrate reduced risk of venous thromboembolism and persistent pain, but increased risk of revision in partial versus total knee replacement in patients with osteoarthritis. (2019-06-13)
Verinurad with febuxostat significantly reduces albuminuria and hyperuricaemia in patients with type 2 diabetes in Phase IIa trial
The results of a phase IIa clinical trial presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) demonstrate a rapid reduction in albuminuria and hyperuricaemia in patients with type II diabetes with combined treatment of verinurad and febuxostat. (2019-06-13)
No link between cancer and tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) use in psoriatic arthritis
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) suggest that overall cancer risk is not linked to tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) use in psoriatic arthritis. (2019-06-13)
Study supports bisphosphonate use prior to denosumab to prevent loss of bone mineral density in post-menopausal women
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) finds the risk of bone mineral density (BMD) loss after denosumab discontinuation is associated with younger age, high bone turnover markers, and not receiving the bisphosphonate, zoledronate, prior to initiation of denosumab. (2019-06-13)
Cyclosporine benefits patients through more rapid remission of proteinuria in lupus nephritis
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) suggest maintenance therapy with cyclosporine (CYA) results in more rapid remission of proteinuria compared to mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) or azathioprine (AZA) in patients with lupus nephritis. (2019-06-12)
Low-dose prednisolone significantly improves pain symptoms and function in hand osteoarthritis
The results of the low-dose prednisolone in patients with hand osteoarthritis (HOPE) study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) show that low-dose prednisolone significantly improves pain and function in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis. (2019-06-12)
Study supports glucocorticoid tapering in patients achieving disease control on tocilizumab
The results of a randomised controlled trial presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) demonstrate high levels of treatment success in approximately two thirds of patients despite tapered glucocorticoid (GC) discontinuation, while a small loss of disease control was observed at the total study population level. (2019-06-12)
Gout patients suffer in silence with low expectations of treatment
The results of a 14 country pan-European survey presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) suggest gout is being diagnosed late, is not well controlled, and is not regularly monitored. (2019-06-12)
Exposure to inorganic dust increases risk of gout in women by 27%
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) demonstrate that occupational exposure to inorganic dust is a previously unknown risk factor for gout and also confirm known risk factors, such as alcoholism and obesity. (2019-06-12)
Disease remission associated with 80% reduction in risk of cardiovascular outcomes
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) demonstrate that remission in patients with rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an 80% reduction in risk of cardiovascular outcomes. (2019-06-12)
Being overweight linked to significantly higher disease severity in psoriatic arthritis
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019) demonstrate significant correlation between body mass index (BMI) and disease severity in psoriatic arthritis. (2019-06-12)
Electronic consultations can streamline, simplify care in allergy and immunology
A study from Massachusetts General Hospital researchers finds that electronic consultations in allergy and immunology can simplify the process of providing the most appropriate care, often reducing the need for in-person specialist visits. (2019-06-11)
Rheumatoid arthritis -- can its onset be delayed or prevented?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder that leads to significant health issues as well as high treatment costs. (2019-06-10)
Imaging tests help reveal heart risks in patients with psoriatic disease
Patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis -- collectively termed psoriatic disease -- face increased heart risks. (2019-06-05)
Key link discovered between tissue cell type and different forms of arthritis
Research shows, for the first time, that different types of fibroblasts -- the most common cells of connective tissue in animals -- are organized in different layers in the joint and are responsible for two very different forms of arthritis; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (2019-05-29)
Adverse childhood experiences negatively impact adults with lupus
Adults with lupus who report having had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, neglect and household challenges, report higher disease activity, depression and poorer overall health compared to those without such experiences, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco. (2019-05-09)
The ACR and the Arthritis Foundation present new guidelines offering therapeutic approaches and treatment options for juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Today, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation (AF), released two guidelines on juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). (2019-04-29)
Impeding white blood cells in antiphospholipid syndrome reduced blood clots
A new study examined APS at the cellular level and found that two drugs reduced development of blood clots in mice affected with the condition. (2019-04-25)
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