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New weapon identified in arsenal against disease
New research describes the structure and composition of supramolecular attack particles (SMAPs) and their role in killing targeted cells. (2020-05-12)
ACR releases gout management guideline
Today, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released the 2020 Guideline for the Management of Gout. (2020-05-11)
The Lancet Rheumatology: Small observational study of patients with severe COVID-19 treated with the arthritis drug anakinra finds clinical improvements
The first study to report use of the rheumatoid arthritis drug anakinra to treat COVID-19 patients found that high-dose anakinra was safe and was associated with respiratory improvements and reduced signs of cytokine storm [1] in 72% (21/29) of patients, according to results from patients studied for 21 days (enrolled from 17 to 27 March 2020) in a Milan hospital, published in The Lancet Rheumatology journal. (2020-05-07)
Novel metrics suggests electronic consultations are appropriate, useful alternative to face-to-face medical appointments
Using novel metrics, researchers found that 70% of electronic consultations, or e-consults, were appropriate based on their proposed criteria and 81% were associated with avoided face-to-face visits. (2020-04-13)
Is autoimmunity on the rise?
A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology provides evidence that the prevalence of autoimmunity -- when the immune system goes awry and attacks the body itself -- has increased in the United States in recent years. (2020-04-08)
Drug shows promise in reversing kidney damage caused by lupus
A drug used for cancer therapy has shown promise in reversing kidney damage caused by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus), according to a Yale-led study published April 8 in the journal Science Translational Medicine. (2020-04-08)
BU researchers find opioid prescriptions linked to obesity
Two new studies from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of prescription opioids in the United States. (2020-04-02)
Lung diseases linked to higher rheumatoid arthritis risk
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were each associated with increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis in a study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology. (2020-03-04)
Certain factors predict smoking cessation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Smoking doubles the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and continuing to smoke after being diagnosed has negative effects on patients. (2020-03-04)
ACR releases reproductive health guideline for patients with rheumatic diseases
Today, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published the 2020 Guideline for the Management of Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases. (2020-02-24)
Fewer steroids, no plasma exchange: A change in treatment for vasculitis
The insights from the PEXIVAS Trial, a 10-year study, shows treatment for ANCA-associated vasculitis can use half the standard dosage of steroids and involve no blood plasma exchanges. (2020-02-12)
Half of lupus rashes harbor high levels of bacteria responsible for infections
A new study finds that one side effect of lupus could also make patients with the autoimmune condition more vulnerable to a skin infection, or spreading the infection to others. (2020-02-06)
One step closer to tailored treatment of severe rheumatic diseases
A new research project from Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark suggest that it is the composition of cells in the joint of the individual patient which determines whether the medicine is effective or not. (2020-01-29)
Nerve stimulation may benefit women with fibromyalgia
Published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a treatment involving electrical nerve stimulation helped women with fibromyalgia in a recent clinical trial. (2020-01-06)
ACR and EULAR release new classification criteria for IgG4-related disease
The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) released the 2019 ACR/EULAR Classification Criteria for IgG4-Related Disease. (2019-12-04)
Study finds associations between rheumatoid arthritis, other diseases before and after diagnosis
A Mayo Clinic-led study involving 3,276 patients has found that people with inflammatory bowel disease, Type 1 diabetes or blood clots may be at increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. (2019-11-20)
Prosthetic joint infections missed in patients with rheumatic diseases
Standard diagnostic methods are not adequate to identify prosthetic joint infections (PJIs) in patients with rheumatic diseases, according to findings from a new study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. (2019-11-12)
Study: 'Pre-habilitation' by peer coaches before knee replacement may improve outcomes
HSS researchers launched a study to see if a 'pre-habilitation'' program - counseling by a peer coach who has already had knee replacement - could empower and inform patients scheduled for the surgery and lead to better outcomes. (2019-11-12)
More than half of males with lupus report feeling depressed, receive little support
HSS launched a nationwide survey to assess the needs of males with lupus. (2019-11-11)
HSS experts share best practices for developing and implementing educational programs
At the 2019 ACR annual meeting in Atlanta, experts from the HSS Education Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) presented their method for developing and implementing effective educational programs for diverse patients with rheumatic conditions. (2019-11-11)
Study: Where one lives influences post-op care and rehab after hip replacement surgery
A study finds that the socioeconomic status of one's community influences where a patient receives postoperative care and rehabilitation after elective hip replacement surgery. (2019-11-11)
Live zoster vaccine safe and effective for people taking TNF inhibitors
According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, the live zoster virus vaccine is safe for people who are currently receiving tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) biologic therapies for various indications (Abstract # 824). (2019-11-09)
Physicians should consider HCQ to reduce the risk of recurrent congenital heart block
New research findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting discovered that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) significantly reduces the recurrence rate of congenital heart block in subsequent pregnancies of women with anti-SSA/ Ro antibodies, regardless of their health status. (2019-11-09)
Opioids offer minor pain relief and function benefits, but no quality of life benefit
New research presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting suggests that opioids contribute no measurable benefit to quality of life or depression for patients with osteoarthritis (OA). (2019-11-09)
Babies exposed to TNFi or tofacitinib in utero experience very few serious infections
A new study found that very few serious infections were seen in children born to mothers with chronic inflammatory diseases who used non-TNFi biologics or tofacitinib during pregnancy compared to children not exposed to these drugs and children exposed to TNFi biologics in utero. (2019-11-09)
Opioid use hospitalization rates increased for patients with common rheumatic diseases
New research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting show an increase in opioid-use disorder (OUD) hospitalizations among patients with five musculoskeletal conditions, trends that healthcare providers, policy makers and patients need to be more aware of to help prevent opioid use disorder-related morbidity and mortality. (2019-11-09)
SLE Medicaid patients have higher 30-day death rate compared to those with diabetes
New research found that the 30-day death rate for Medicaid patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who underwent coronary revascularization procedures for cardiovascular disease was double that of patients with diabetes mellitus who underwent the same procedures. (2019-11-09)
Ultrasound to guide treatment strategy not beneficial in early RA
According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, a treatment strategy guided by ultrasound information use does not appear to provide better treatment decisions in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. (2019-11-09)
Down syndrome arthropathy diagnosis delayed a year, optimal treatments still unclear
A new study found that patients with Down syndrome arthropathy continue to have an approximate year-long delay in diagnosis from the onset of their symptoms, and that optimal therapy for this condition remains unclear (Abstract # 2722). (2019-11-09)
Psoriasis onset determines if psoriatic arthritis patients develop arthritis or psoriasis first
In a new study presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, researchers found the age of psoriasis onset determines whether arthritis or psoriasis starts first in people with psoriatic arthritis. (2019-11-09)
Tocilizumab more effective than Rituximab in RA patients with low B-cell levels
New research discovered that tocilizumab is more effective than rituximab in achieving low disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis whose synovial tissue show a low level of B cell infiltration and did not respond to conventional synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (conventional synthetic DMARDs) or tumor necrosis factor (TNFi) inhibitors first. (2019-11-09)
Atmospheric and environmental changes impact organ-specific lupus flares
New research findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting found a strong association between changes in atmospheric and environmental variables 10 days before a clinic visit and organ-specific lupus flares in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. (2019-11-09)
Gadolinium-enhanced MRI improves diagnostic accuracy and predicts polymyalgia rheumatica
According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, use of gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in shoulders of patients with polymyalgia rheumatica may contribute to more accurate diagnosis and prediction of recurrence. (2019-11-09)
Additional medications to treat children with JIA are urgently needed
According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, there is a profound ongoing need for additional medications to control the signs and symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), despite the availability of several approved biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (biologics). (2019-11-09)
Limited access to SLE lab tests in developing nations affects usefulness
According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, supportive laboratory assays to diagnose lupus, specifically the antinuclear antibody (ANA) test, are less often offered in developing nations due to a relative lack of resources. (2019-11-09)
Low-dose oral prednisolone substantially improves pain and function in hand OA
Research presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting found that a six-week treatment with low-dose oral prednisolone substantially improves pain and decreases signs of inflammation in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis. (2019-11-09)
Post-market price changes alone account for most recent spending growth for biologics
New research findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting found that annual spending on biologic DMARDS (biologics) by US public programs and beneficiaries nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016. (2019-11-09)
Children with Down syndrome at increased risk for inflammatory, erosive arthritis
A new study finds that children with Down syndrome are at an increased risk of an associated form of arthritis. (2019-11-09)
ADA2 is a specific biomarker for MAS in systemic JIA
According to new research findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, adenosine deaminase 2 (ADA2) in the peripheral blood is a sensitive, specific biomarker for macrophage activation syndrome, a potentially life-threatening complication of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (systemic JIA). (2019-11-09)
Methotrexate reduces joint damage progression over placebo in erosive hand OA
According to new research findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, methotrexate did not demonstrate superior efficacy over placebo for pain relief and function evolution at three and 12 months in patients with erosive hand osteoarthritis, but did significantly reduce the progression of joint damage over placebo and seems to facilitate bone remodeling in these patients. (2019-11-09)
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