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Preliminary results from RESET-RA Study announced; demonstrating ACR20 efficacy of implanted vagal nerve stimulation at 12 wks (p=0.0209). 2-staged, multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled, double-blind pivotal trial, enrolled 242 RA pts https://t.co/gIVJd9F6Pk https://t.co/SNjWIa3raB
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Study from the UK Biobank (n 459K) shows long-term exposure to air pollutants (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, and NOx) may increase the risk of #SLE. 399 SLE pts (F/U 11.8 yrs) found an 18027% incr SLE risk w/ pollutants; magnified in those with high genetic risk https://t.co/PI4rvKwfpj https://t.co/2CZ28rHVG2
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Efficacy of Biologics in Patients with CKD A retrospective cohort study of biological bDMARDs persistence in RA patients w/CKD, shows the 3 year survival to be > 50% but all studied biologics were nearly equivalents with regard to safety and efficacy. https://t.co/rL2ZondUsE https://t.co/1hM237Jl83
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In the US CorEvitas registry of 1823 PsA pts; 11.1% fulfilled fibromyalgia definition & 20.6% had widespread pain. FM was assoc w/ female, depression/anxiety, impaired function, increased BMI, comorbidities. cDAPSA, patient pain& TJC https://t.co/YwRBYo1aR6 https://t.co/TXraU0F3Mh
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FDA adverse event study of JAKi in #RA assoc w/ signif more VTE, ischemic heart Dz, & tachyarrhythmias. 75,407 on JAKi vs 303,278 on biologics (TNFi, RTX, TCZ); JAK had more VTE (ROR=2.11), CVA (ROR=1.25), IHD (1.23), arrhythmias (1.15 ), esp in 1st yr. https://t.co/IVsGwqpiJK https://t.co/4epOHdNHbO
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Sobi has submitted a biologics license application to FDA for SEL-212 (pegadricase a uricase enzyme that breaks down uric acid) based on DISSOLVE I & II RCTs. SEL-212 was given FDA FDA’s Fast Track designation in March 2024 https://t.co/TPcUnCJOxT https://t.co/X1DrFDJZeK
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Full read, comprehensive review of NLRP3 inflammasome & its role in inate immunity (eg, infections), but also lifestyle (obesity, diabetes, NAFLD, heart/lung disease, periodontitis) and autoimmune diseases https://t.co/rCk9ncEsGA https://t.co/qc9eSIAVYe
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European Research Council has awarded a Proof of Concept Grant to Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia and their OrthoBots project, to study the treatment of joint diseases using nanorobots to deliver nanoparticle based therapy to synovial tissues https://t.co/JmYQ1727rf https://t.co/k5uZoSwJPo
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ICYMI: Community-Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) https://t.co/geb8y2AK26 https://t.co/cB3y5vQoz1
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Progress in SLE with new mRNA CAR-T cell Trial Cartesian Therapeutics, has announced their first-in-class mRNA CAR-T therapy has been given to the first SLE. patient in a Phase 2 open-label clinical trial. https://t.co/7SYNtjIn9F https://t.co/a5LJn8QLT3
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Efficacy of Biologics in Patients with CKD A retrospective cohort study of biological bDMARDs persistence in RA patients w/CKD, shows the 3 year survival to be > 50% but all studied biologics were nearly equivalents with regard to safety and efficacy. https://t.co/vGRGV7DEB3 https://t.co/0d0NwH2Kqe
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Urticarial vasculitis - rare autoimmune dz w/ persistent edematous papules & plaques lasting >24 hrs, w/ systemic Sxs (joint pain, fever). Long-lasting skin lesions tend to leave a bruiselike look. Requires Bx show leukocytoclasticl vasculitis https://t.co/cFWrntrlMw https://t.co/JPkh5FVNo3
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ICYMI: 2022 EULAR Recommendations on Screening & Prophylaxis for Opportunistic Infections https://t.co/eHn2o2pFFR https://t.co/8S1fzl4AaJ
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PNAS & Nature Insights into Lupus Pathogenesis

Two prominent medical journals this week published new insights into the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), with both inidicating promient roles for T cells in what is a classically viewed as a humoral (B cell) disorder. 

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MTX was tapered or D/C in 30% of RA pts w/in 2 yrs of b/tsDMARD Rx. Of 889 pts, MTX (19 mg/wk) tapered in 13.8% & D/C 16.5% (planned taper(37%); pt decision (27.2%). In 582 (66%) MTX unchanged, 4.25 increased MTX after b/tsDMARD initiation https://t.co/yc8exMbeD1 https://t.co/b3L3Fha7xU
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Study from the UK Biobank (n 459K) shows long-term exposure to air pollutants (PM2.5, PM10, NO2, and NOx) may increase the risk of #SLE. 399 SLE pts (F/U 11.8 yrs) found an 18027% incr SLE risk w/ pollutants; magnified in those with high genetic risk https://t.co/5lldSosM8T https://t.co/xPlnvgRrXm
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Bimekizumab (dual-IL-17A/F inhib), may prevent uveitis in patients with axSpA. In phase 3 RCTs (MOBILE 1 & 2) double-blind period, uveitis seen in 0.6% on BKZ vs 4.6% on PBO (p=0.001). In pts w/ hx uveitis, again lower w/ BKZ (6.2/100 PYs vs 70.4/100 PYs) https://t.co/v0wMK45chz https://t.co/CVPdg1k41V
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PMR - a Risk Factor for Recalcitrant Giant Cell Arteritis? Despite the clinical similarities and treatment differences between giant cell arteritis (GCA polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), confusion exists regarding the impact of overlapping disorders. https://t.co/Slnq68YQgh https://t.co/nCYswGmlCk
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Cost-Effectiveness of Biosimilars vs Leflunomide An economic evaluation of 25 099 rheumatoid arthritis patients found that treatment with biosimilar DMARDs were cost-effective compared with the conventional DMARD, leflunomide. https://t.co/lWJB1VL1CL https://t.co/lzra8suVqs
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IV zoledronic acid (ZA) does not prevent future knee replacement (TKR) in symptomatic knee OA without severe joint space narrowing (JSN). In 222 Knee OA pts, after 7 yrs F/U, ZA had more TKR (39% vs 30%; HR 4.2' 1.2-14.7) https://t.co/2cGeqz2Rwu https://t.co/1UiODwQiK6
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