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Causes of Death in Lupus

Oct 03, 2022

The California Lupus Surveillance Project has longitudinally followed included systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) cases and shown that overall, the leading cause of death was cardiovascular disease (CVD), followed by rheumatic disease and hematologic/oncologic conditions.

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Proposed modified SRI (SLE Responder Index) - Reduction in SLEDAI-2K ≥4 (w/ no worsening in MD global (PGA) ≥0.3). mSRI responders had signif lower Dz activity & pred dose, More LLDAS & remission, less damage accrual (p<0.001) https://t.co/lwsZpnRz3l https://t.co/V7pDYswM7b
Analyses of data from the Nurses Health Study (1986-2016) & NHSII (1989-2017) cohorts shows chronic low sleep duration (< 5hrs/night vs >7hr/night) was assoc w/ increased SLE risk (adj HR 2.47). Low sleep also assoc w/ body pain(2.13), depression(HR 2.82) https://t.co/I9oCDQyulz https://t.co/vjRFDXf0EZ
Hydroxychloroquine Dosing and SLE Flares JAMA cohort study examining HCQ dosing in patients with SLE suggests that HCQ doses of 5 mg/kg per day or less, was associated with a higher risk of lupus flares, including moderate or severe lupus flares.https://t.co/1krevZo64c https://t.co/XEybtcFvNR
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Cancer Risk with Scleroderma

Sep 22, 2022

Spanish Scleroderma Registry examined a large cohort of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients showing an increased cancer risk, especially breast, lung, hematologic and colorectal cancer.

The registry included 1930 patients with SSc and were compared to a matched general population to derive the

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USPSTF Recommends Screening for Anxiety and Depression

Sep 22, 2022

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that general practitioners actively screen and identify anxiety and depression in all adult patients under 65 yrs.



The USPSTF was appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services, and has been working on this guideline

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Hydroxychloroquine Dosing and SLE Flares JAMA cohort study examining HCQ dosing in patients with SLE suggests that HCQ doses of 5 mg/kg per day or less, was associated with a higher risk of lupus flares, including moderate or severe lupus flares.https://t.co/B5HqxWDqD3 https://t.co/4crIFBV9XP
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Hydroxychloroquine Dosing and SLE Flares

Sep 19, 2022

A cohort study examining hydroxychloroquine dosing in patients with SLE suggests that HCQ doses of 5 mg/kg per day or less, in accordance with current ophthalmology and rheumatology guidelines, was associated with a higher risk of lupus flares, including moderate or severe lupus flares.

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ACR's State-by-State Report Cards for Rheumatic Disease

Sep 19, 2022

New report examines access, affordability, and activity and lifestyle factors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, evaluating how easy it is to live with a rheumatic disease in your state. No state scored an "A" or "F", and only two states improved their 2018 grades.

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Immunosuppresive (IST; MMF or AZA) withdrawl in 96 stable Lupus Nephritis pts also on HCQ. After 2 years, Relapse occurred in 12.5% w/ IST continued & 27.3% with IST D/C (Not noninferior). Less Severe SLE flares (renal & extrarenal) w/ IST continuation https://t.co/TM6Ng3vzeS https://t.co/UNBdg1Oh6z
Anti-CD19 CAR T cell therapy for refractory #SLE published in Nature Medicine. 5 pts (22yrs) w/ refractory dz, active SLE (SLEDAI=16). Autologous pt T cells transduced to CD19 CAR Tcells, and lead to remission in 5/5 w/in 3 mos & maintained median 8 mos https://t.co/0epnffCNEN https://t.co/IMRzhOzgei
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CD19 CAR T Cell Therapy in SLE (9.16.2022)

Sep 16, 2022

The big news this week: the approval of deucravacitinib (a new class of drug?) for psoriasis; the 2022 ACR guidance on glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis; a national poll of older adults over the age of 50 who claimed self-reported or doctor-diagnosed arthritis; and much more. Let's review

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Lupus (LUMEN) registry of 440 SLE compared to non-SLE pts, shows lupus pts have less screening for cervical cancer (HR 0.75), but SLE has more screening for HTN (HR 1.35), DM (HR 2.46), hyperlipidemia (HR 3.19) & Influenza & pneumovax vaccines https://t.co/e5ZGJswVds https://t.co/WQmhM0OZgl
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The 2022 ACR abstracts are published and posted for you. Let the Learning begin! https://t.co/ZqMAc8jV3U https://t.co/3iCGnzsPI5
A summary slide from #grandrounds this morning on a talk about trying to differentiate #lupus #nephritis from #preeclampsia #RheumTwitter #MedTwitter https://t.co/R2rhhgQYIm
Immunosuppresive (IST; MMF or AZA) withdrawl in 96 stable Lupus Nephritis pts also on HCQ. After 2 years, Relapse occurred in 12.5% w/ IST continued & 27.3% with IST D/C (Not noninferior). Less Severe SLE flares (renal & extrarenal) w/ IST continuation https://t.co/XWmJpkqhG9 https://t.co/gYM24QIiYz
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COVID Outcomes in Dermatomyositis

Sep 09, 2022

A retrospective study of dermatomyositis (DM) patients with COVID-19, shows that DM patients without comorbidities fair well (with regard to mortality and hospitalisation).

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Does Fibromyalgia Need B12? (9.9.2022)

Sep 09, 2022

Can we predict the bad outcomes? Like when ITP evolves into SLE; or when psoriasis will develop arthritis; or if Sjogren's will develop lymphoma? Let's dive in and review these journal reports and this past week's news from RheumNow.com.

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Does Dendritic Cell Targeted Therapy Work in SLE?

Sep 08, 2022

A phase 2 trial using litifilimab, a humanized monoclonal antibody binding to blood dendritic cell antigen 2 (BDCA2), demonstrated clinical efficacy in adults with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).



By targeting BDCA2 on plasmacytoid dendritic cells, researchers were able to

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Study of 130 patients with ITP (w/ 10 later Dx SLE (30 mos F/U). Risk factors for ITP developing SLE included young age (< 40yrs; OR 6.3), organ bleeding (OR 13.7), and ANA (≥ 1:160; OR 6.6) https://t.co/XSJdio2rR1 https://t.co/oCyFjJnxTX
Voclosporin Efficacy and Safety in Lupus Nephritis An integrated analysis of two pivotal trials of voclosporin, a calcineurin inhibitor, in lupus nephritis patients saw significant improvement in complete renal responses (CRR) at one year.https://t.co/LSjmRB2Zr3 https://t.co/z9MoJ0uRzz
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Voclosporin Efficacy and Safety in Lupus Nephritis

Sep 05, 2022

An integrated analysis of two pivotal trials of voclosporin, a calcineurin inhibitor, in lupus nephritis patients saw significant improvement in complete renal responses (CRR) at one year.



at 23.7 mg twice daily in combination with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and oral glucocorticoids

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ANA Increasing? Part of the NHANES survey, ANA (IIF on HEp-2 cells) was performed on 13,519 in 3 periods: 1988-1991, 1999-2004, and 2011-2012. ANA+ was 11% 1988-1991 11.4% 1999-2004 16.1% 2011-2012 (P <0.0001) Meaning ~22.3, ~26.6, &~41.5 mil had +ANAs https://t.co/vWYJci3uDV https://t.co/SEIbrYRoRJ
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