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Bimekizumab's Favorable Safety Profile in Psoriasis

A 2-year safety study of bimekizumab, the dual IL-17A/F inhibitor, plaque psoriasis patients showed bimekizumab (BMK), to be effective, well tolerated, with no new safety concerns other than a modest risk of oral candidiasis.

RNL 2022: Psoriatic Arthritis Advances

Tuesday Nite Rheumatology on 10 May 2022 featured session highlights from RheumNow Live 2022.

This webinar presented exerpts from these lectures along with audience Q & A

ASCORE: Seropositivity Favors Abatacept Drug Survival

The ASCORE (Abatacept SubCutaneOus in Routine clinical practicE) study evaluated efficacy, safety, and drug retention (durability) of abatacept (ABA) moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and found consistently better ABA durability in those who were seropositive. 

Making You the Expert of You! (Smart Rules for Patients)

You’ve scheduled an appointment with your medical provider - how do you make the most of it? We've gathered these tips and suggestions to share with patients.

Polygenic Risk Scores to Identfy Severe Knee and Hip Osteoarthritis

Prevention of knee and hip osteoarthritis would obviate considerable disability and future surgery.  We may be one step closer according to a prospective European GWAS study showing polygenic risk scores (PRSs) significantly associated with higher risks for knee and hip OA joint replacement.

Diagnostic Delays in Spondyloarthritis Still Prolonged

Previously quoted average  delay in diagnosing axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) may be improving as a recent UK study shows the mean average time to diagnosis in two different NHS trusts was between five and six years. 

What is JAKne? (5.6.2022)

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news, journal reports, FDA actions, new side effects and changing prevalence of Gout.

Lack of Research Stymies Uptake of Medical Marijuana for Rheumatic Pain

Creaky Joints
A new review article from CreakyJoints finds that there has been limited progress in understanding the potential of cannabis based therapies for the treatment of pain associated with rheumatic conditions in the past five years because of a lack of standardization of clinical research and barriers to conducting research due to existing federal and state regulations.

Acne with JAK Inhibitors

JAK inhibitors have become enormously popular and while their side effect profile has been delineated and reviewed, little mention is made of acne – an adverse event that may affect up to one-quarter of patients taking JAK inhibitors (JAKi).

BSR Guideline on Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy

The British Society of Rheumatology (BSR) has published evidence-based guidelines for idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) affecting juvenile and adult-onset disease. This rare condition has an estimated prevalence of 5-15 per 100,000 persons.

Efficacy of Subsequent b/tsDMARD Use in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Analysis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) data from the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register shows that, even after failing three or more biologic or targeted synthetic DMARDs (b/tsDMARDs), patients may continue to benefit from repeated trials of unused b/tsDMARDs. 

Allopurinol Use Does Not Increase Mortality in Gout with Chronic Kidney Disease

A population based trial has shown that allopurinol use dose escalation and achieving target uric acid levels (with allopurinol), was not associated with increased mortality in patients with gout and concurrent CKD