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 orRead Article
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 ORALRead Article
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 phaseRead Article
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).Read Article
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 allowRead Article
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 theRead Article
Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and journal articles from the past week on RheumNow.com.
NRMP Results for rheumatology 2022 : - Adult Rheum: 97.8% of 272 fellow positions filled (41% US grads) (371 applied) - Pediatric Rheum: 69.2% of 39 positions filled (54% US grads) (29
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
When it comes to hydroxychloroquine dosing, issues on efficacy, toxicity and therapeutic thresholds may affect the optimal use of this important drug.
Following are three abstracts presented during the meeting that address these topics.
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 (Read Article
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.Read Article
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 withRead Article
Discussions regarding family planning, contraception, and pregnancy should be approached at each clinic visit to ensure providers understand patients’ personal goals. These conversations have the potential to decrease the risk of unplanned pregnancies. However, rheumatologists may need to manageRead Article
Addressing chronic pain often leads general practitioners and specialists to prescribe opioids. However, opioids (weak and strong) have not demonstrated efficacy in long-term pain management; their chronic use could even worsen pain in users. Opioids prescription is often perceived as beingRead Article
In the wake of the 2016 AAOS Guidelines, rheumatologists dutifully reduced the dose HCQ take by patients with SLE to some number south of 5mg/kg per day. Though I believe the ophthalmologists correctly interpreted a 2014 paper in JAMA Ophthalmology that quoted a much-higher rate of HCQRead Article
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 veryRead Article
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.Read Article