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Articles By Rachel Tate, DO


Cancer Screening Recommendations in Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy

28 November 2022

Idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (IIM) is associated with increased risk of lung, ovarian, colorectal, lymphoma, breast, and naso-pharyngeal cancers, often within three years of disease onset. At ACR22, plenary abstract 0002, Oldroyd, et al, reviewed the 18 recommendations provided by the International Myositis Assessment and Clinical Studies Group (IMACS) steering committee.

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TNFi cycling in axSpA: Results from CorEVITAS Registy study

13 November 2022

Data presented at ACR22 shows that cycling through TNFi in axSpA patients with primary lack of efficacy with first line TNFi has limited additional benefit in controlling disease. 

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Are MDA criteria created equal in PsA?

13 November 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?

12 November 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 abstracts stood out to me regarding the Psoriatic disease patient experience and will, ultimately, add to what I do in clinic. 

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Does BASDAI work for women?

11 November 2022

When it comes to Spondyloarthritis we have numerous disease activity measures and much debate regarding best practices. When it comes to determining which to use in clinic, discrepancies occur. Do our activity measures truly represent disease? Are there some measures best suited to different populations? Does BASDAI work for women?

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Myths & Misconceptions with Febrile Disorders

12 July 2022

Still’s disease and autoinflammatory disorders are rare conditions unified by recurrent fevers and inflammation of skin, joints, and other organs. While labs often support the diagnosis, these conditions are best diagnosed by genetic testing, or by specific criteria (in the absence of a genetic test). The following is a table that lists common misconceptions (myths) and their clarifying explanations.

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PsA UPLIFT survey: do rheumatologists and patients agree on treatment goals?

17 June 2022

POS0309 at EULAR 2022 highlighted both similarities and differences between our patients and ourselves when it comes to PsA disease and treatment strategies. 

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Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis

14 April 2022

It’s been reported that approximately one-third to one-half of patients with psoriatic arthritis will try supplements and other complementary and alternative medicinal (CAM) practices without discussing with their rheumatologists.  Of those, nearly 90% of PsA patients using CAM report benefits!  Here is your updated review on common supplement data in psoriasis and PsA. 

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MDA: Aiming for Perfection in PsA

07 April 2022

When it comes to psoriatic arthritis clinical trials such as TICOPA (tight control in PsA)  have consistently shown that treating to target correlates with improved disease domain and patient reported outcomes.  Minimal disease activity (MDA) has become an oft used target and outcome in PsA trials. While many of us measure and record a variety of measures in our patient charts, we may be on our way to demonstrating MDA in practice. Here is a quick review of MDA components and how to capture them for your patients. 

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Sick Leave in axSpA: Who takes more?

07 November 2021

Who wouldn't like to predict the future? 

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