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Inflammatory Arthritis and Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Dec 09, 2022

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) (also called acne inversa), is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder affecting apocrine gland-bearing skin in the axillae, groin, and under the breasts and is characterised by persistent or 

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Telemedicine Updates

Dec 08, 2022

Several recent articles inform us of recent trends in Telemedicine.

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ACR Urges Congress to Prioritize Medicare Pay Cuts, Prior Authorization, and Telehealth

Dec 08, 2022

As the legislative session comes to a close, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is calling on members of Congress to include the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3173/S. 3018), the Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022 (H.R. 8800), and telehealth protections in

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Xeljanz Cancer Risks Detailed

MedPage Today
Dec 07, 2022

The degree to which the oral rheumatology drug tofacitinib (Xeljanz) seems to promote new malignancies is now fleshed out in the latest, and at least somewhat reassuring, report from a landmark safety study.



Tofacitinib at either 5 or 10 mg twice daily in the so-called ORAL

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Bimekizumab Efficacy in TNF-Refractory Psoriatic Arthritis

Dec 07, 2022

Bimekizumab, a selective inhibitor of interleukin (IL)-17F and IL-17, has shown superior efficacy and safety in a 16 week trial in patients with active psoriatic arthritis who previously failed therapy with tumour necrosis factor-α (TNFi) inhibitors.



The BE COMPLETE study was a phase

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The Top 10 Research Priorities in Psoriatic Arthritis

Dec 06, 2022

A survey of 317 carers and clinicians focused on psoriatic arthritis has set an agenda of the top 10 research questions for psoriatic arthritis (PsA).



A series of surveys were initated by the British Psoriatic Arthritis Consortium (BritPACT) and funded by the James Lind Alliance (JLA

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Multi-ancestry analysis reveals novel genetic loci associated with Osteoarthritis

Dec 06, 2022

The first large multi-ancestry genetics study of osteoarthritis (OA) has found 10 novel OA-associated genetic loci, and results showed some of the OA-associated regions are robustly found in every population ancestry studied. 

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TARGET Trial - Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Dec 05, 2022

A recent randomised clinical trial suggests immunomodulators reduce arterial inflammation, and thereby cardiovascular (CV) risk, but shows no significant benefit to TNF inhibitors over triple therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

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Comparing Biosimilar Growth in the US, Germany, and Switzerland

Dec 05, 2022

The biosimilar landscape will change dramatically in 2023, following the successful rollouts in other countries in Europe. This analysis of the uptake and price of biologic therapy in Germany, Switzerland and the United States suggest that anticompetitive practices in the US could allow

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Lupus Linked With Greater Risk of Cardiovascular Complications of Childbirth

Dec 02, 2022

Pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) were more prone to cardiovascular complications during delivery, and their risk seems to have increased over the past 15 years, according to national administrative data.



The cross-sectional study supports the role that the

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Rheum Drugs & IDSA Guidelines to Treat COVID-19

Dec 01, 2022

The Infectious Diseases Society of America has recently updated its recommendations with regards to the treatment of severely ill, hospitalized COVID-19 infected patients and also about the appropriate use of anti-IL-6, JAKs and colchicine.

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RECITAL Trial: RTX vs. CTX in CTD-ILD

Dec 01, 2022

A UK study suggests the equivalent outcomes when patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD) associated with connective tissue disease (CTD) are treated with either intravenous rituximab (RTX) or cyclophosphamide (CTX), but with fewer adverse events with RTX. 

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Steroid injections worsen knee arthritis

EurekAlert!
Nov 30, 2022

Two studies comparing injections commonly used to relieve the pain of knee osteoarthritis found that corticosteroid injections were associated with the progression of the disease. Results of both studies were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (

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Low Dose IL-2 Therapy in Sjögren’s

Nov 29, 2022

There is a large, unmet need in treating Sjögren’s syndrome, yet a new randomized clinical trial has shown that low-dose interleukin 2 (LD-IL-2) was effective effective and well tolerated in patients with primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS), with evidence of restored immune balance.

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Tyk2 Inhibition Effective in SLE

Nov 28, 2022

Deucravacitinib, an oral, selective TYK2 inhibitor, has demonstrated efficacy in a phase II trial active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients.



The results of this phase II trial were recently presented at ACR 2022. This  phase II multinational trial enrolled 363 adults with

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How Underweight Women Can Reduce Hip Fracture Risk

EurekAlert!
Nov 28, 2022

How women can reduce the risk of hip fracture?  

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ACR 2022 Appraisal, Praise & Critique (11.18.2022)

Nov 18, 2022

It was great to be back at an ACR annual meeting, this one in Philadelphia - Philly was great. A walking town, rich in culture, history and good places to meet and mingle. 



I loved the city, but not the convention center (not easy to navigate). 



The meeting itself was very

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ACR Best Abstracts - Day 3

Nov 14, 2022

The last day was jammed with important reports and research including the late breaking abstracts. 



 

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ACR Best Abstracts - Day 2

Nov 13, 2022

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:

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Are MDA criteria created equal in PsA?

Nov 13, 2022

Minimal Disease Activity criteria are used to evaluate PsA disease activity and response to treatment. Given that a patient only has to meet 5 of the 7 criteria, should the individual components be weighted equally? 

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Are we really treating Psoriatic disease if we only address active disease domains and T2T?

Nov 12, 2022

It’s widely accepted that Psoriatic disease has multi-system, multi-domain potential that can lead to life altering complications if left untreated or undertreated. Rheumatologists have shifted the way we discuss treatment options and disease state expectations with patients. Two #ACR22

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Proposed Cancer Screening for Inflammatory Myositis Patients

Nov 12, 2022

Today's plenary session features a novel proposal on how and which patients with Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy (IIM) should be screened for cancer.  Abstract 0002 by Oldroyd et al, entitled "Cancer Screening Recommendations for Patients with Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy" took on this

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Anifrolumab shows long-term promise in patients with lupus

EurekAlert!
Nov 12, 2022

Type I interferon (IFN) is a powerful immune activator that is present at high levels in the majority of patients with lupus, an autoimmune disease. In Arthritis & Rheumatology, researchers report positive results from

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Creaky Joints Presentations at ACR Convergence 2022

Nov 11, 2022

The patient advocacy organization CreakyJoints will present 13 scientific posters at this year's ACR Convergence 2022 and 8 posters as part of the patient perspectives track. Below is a sampling of these scientific posters. 




  • Priority Research Topics for Vaccine Uptake Among

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