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    Sleep asleep
    For people living with psoriatic arthritis (PsA), the comfort of a good night's sleep may feel out of reach for many.
    In abstract 0001 presented at ACR22 Convergence, researchers presented 12-month data from a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial of pegloticase with or without MTX.
    lupus SLE
    Inhibition of B-cell Activating Factor (BAFF) has revolutionised the treatment of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. However, outcomes of therapies within the same class (i.e. BAFF-inhibitor) when evaluated in randomised controlled trials have been inconsistent.
    Best of
    The last day was jammed with important reports and research including the late breaking abstracts.   
    Curcumin, the active constituent of turmeric extract, has increasingly been promoted as a potential rheumatoid arthritis therapy, but data presented at ACR22 suggests that even in ideal situations, it is unable to do any better than placebo in replacing conventional RA therapies.
    A few things we know about opioids: use is common; it’s not efficacious in the treatment of spondyloarthritis; and, there is an opioid epidemic and its users are stigmatized. Abstract 0402 is a retrospective study that looked at patients with psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis in the FORWARD databank. It sheds new light and leaves us with some food for thought
    PMR spotlight
    One of the enduring legacies of ACR 2022 for me will be the emphasis on polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Despite being highly inflammatory and relatively common, a remarkable paucity of trials have been run in this space. Read on for a quick PMR-roundup from the meeting! 
    Early in medical training, we are taught diagnoses are made 90% of the time based only on the history and physical exam of the patient; laboratory tests play a minor role. When ordered, tests are used as evidence to support the diagnosis already made by the physician.
    Back Pain
    Strategies to identify patients with suspected inflammatory back pain in the general population is critical for timely and proper diagnosis.
    A new target for treatment in AxSpA is the dual inhibition of IL17A and IL17F (IL17A/F). IL17A is a key driver of the inflammation in the AxSpA and Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA). IL17A and its structurally related IL17F share biologic functional properties. Inhibition of both cytokines (IL17A/F) should result in a greater clinical benefit in AxSpA and PsA than IL17A inhibition alone.
    male female
    There has been a lot of talk lately about the difference in the way male and female PsA patients experience their disease.  Are the differences only cultural or are there important clinical differences in the disease presentation, organ involvement and complications that physicians should be aware of?   
    For lupus, sedentary lifestyle may be a driving force of disease activity.  Today, the final day of ACR, Sarah Patterson, MD from UCSF will present oral abstract #2225 entitled “Physical Inactivity is Associated with Increased Expression of
    Vaccine efficacy remains an important and highly discussed topic at this year’s annual meeting given the ongoing COVID-19 global health crisis, current influenza season, and recently published 2022 ACR guidelines for vaccinations in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.
    ACR Best
    Day two at ACR 2022 was full of great sessions on imaging, vasculitis, lupus, vasculitis, spondyloarthritis, COVID, pregnancy, microbiome, economics and more. Here are the RheumNow faculty selections for #ACRbest abstracts today:
    artificial intelligence machine learning computer
    An interesting study presented at ACR22 looked at whether neural networks can distinguish seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA+), seronegative RA (RA-), and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) using hand MRI data based on the structural inflammation patterns.