Sandra van Bijnen, Maaike Boonstra, Els van den Ende et. al.
Nov 13th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Autologous hematopoietic stemcell transplantation (HSCT) has shown to improve survival of SSc patients with poor prognosis, but is hampered by treatment related mortality (TRM). Better selection of eligible patients could improve outcomes. Objectives: 1. To evaluate event-free survival, TRM and response after HSCT in SSc and 2. To explore patient characteristics that associa...
Felice Rivellese, Gloria Lliso-Ribera, Alessandra Nerviani et. al.
Nov 13th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Synovial B cell aggregates in patients with early Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have been associated with disease severity and radiographic progression. Here, we analysed the presence of B cells and their association with clinical outcomes in matched synovial biopsies pre- and post- treatment with conventional synthetic Disease Modifying anti-Rheumatic Drug (scDMARDs). Methods: ...
Emily Somers, Lu Wang, W Joseph McCune et. al.
Nov 13th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: The heterogeneity of the clinical manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and lack of a diagnostic test make SLE difficult for epidemiologists to study. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported five population-based SLE surveillance registries, using harmonized methodology, to better estimate incidence and prevalence of SLE in diverse areas...
Renuka Nayak, Margaret Alexander, Kye Stapleton-Grey et. al.
Nov 13th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: The trillions of microorganisms (microbiota) found within the human gut play a critical role in shaping the immune system, yet these complex microbial communities are also highly sensitive to numerous environmental factors. While much of the focus to date has been on dietary intake, emerging data has begun to suggest that the use of pharmaceutical drugs, even those that are ...
Silvia Bellando-Randone, Gemma Lepri, Dorte Huscher et. al.
Nov 13th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: The very early diagnosis of SSc is a challenge today. The aim of the VEDOSS project was to study in an at-risk population, the clinical signs that could predict the progression toward a definite SSc. Methods: Patients with Raynaud phenomenon (RP), with or without anti-nuclear antibodies (abs) (ANA) were recruited for this longitudinal, observational study. Fulfilling the 201...
Achilleas Floudas, Candice Low, Monika Biniecka et. al.
Nov 13th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease of unknown and complex aetiology with severe detrimental effects for the patient’s quality of life. While autoantibodies have been used extensively for the diagnosis of RA, no clear mechanism of action towards disease pathogenesis and progression has been identified. Importantly, both seropositive and ser...
Christine rodriguez, Wagih Ben Hassen, Pierre Seners et. al.
Nov 13th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is the most common form of vasculitis of large arteries affecting people older than 50 years. Temporal artery biopsy (TAB) is still considered as the gold standard for GCA diagnosis but it is invasive and its sensitivity ranges from 39 to 86%.Color Doppler Ultrasonography and PET-scanner have been proposed as alternative methods for GCA diagnosis b...
Nov 12th, 2019 - ATLANTA — Immune checkpoint inhibitors are safe and effective for patients with rheumatoid arthritis who develop malignancies, report investigators. "In the real world, patients with autoimmune conditions are at a higher risk for malignancies" than people in the general population, said Sabina Sandigursky, MD, from the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Sabina Sandigursky "Our study s...
Nov 12th, 2019 - ATLANTA – Opportunities to escalate or deescalate medications for patients with rheumatoid arthritis via an electronic health record at the point of care led rheumatologists at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. , to increase the number of such decisions in their practice.
Nov 12th, 2019 - ATLANTA – Tocilizumab proved more effective than rituximab in B-cell-poor but not in B-cell-rich patients with RA who have had an inadequate response to disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and tumor necrosis factor inhibition in the randomized, open-label, 48-week, phase 4 R4-RA trial. Sharon Worcester/MDedge News Dr.
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Nov 12th, 2019 - ATLANTA – Concomitant use of even low-dose steroids increases the risk of serious infections with antirheumatic drugs, according to a review of 170,357 Medicare patients by investigators at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr.
Ra Ham Kim, Hyun Jung Yoo, Shin Eui Kang et. al.
Nov 12th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder, characterized by joint inflammation and bone destruction. The fibroblast-like synoviocyte(FLS) contributes to the pathogenesis of RA through cellular proliferation and production of cytokines or chemokines. Recently, blockade of the bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) family protein was reported to be a pote...
Sheetal Vora, Amanda Moyer, Lynn Kalhagen et. al.
Nov 12th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Early diagnosis for rheumatic conditions is crucial for children to achieve the best functional outcomes. Access to care is difficult due to the volume of referrals and paucity of pediatric rheumatologists. This compelling need to expediently triage dire and complex rheumatology referrals has been painfully demonstrated in our clinic. When this project was initiated there wa...
Julia Manasson, Jeremy Sokolove, Lauren Lahey et. al.
Nov 12th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Although a number of genetic factors, including susceptibility alleles, have been identified in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the concordance rate in monozygotic (MZ) twins is only 15% (Silman AJ et al, Br J Rheumatol 1993). Given this relatively low rate, environmental factors (including smoking, the microbiome and others) likely play a significant role in disease pathogenesis...
Paul Emery, Yoshiya Tanaka, Vivian Bykerk et. al.
Nov 12th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: The Phase IIIb Assessing Very Early Rheumatoid arthritis Treatment (AVERT)-2 trial (NCT02504268) is evaluating SC abatacept (ABA) + MTX versus ABA placebo (PBO) + MTX in adults with early RA.1 AVERT-2 was designed to demonstrate that ABA + MTX could achieve higher rates of SDAI remission versus ABA PBO + MTX and to test a clinically meaningful withdrawal strategy. Identifyin...
Jessica Turnier, Celine Berthier, Lam Tsoi et. al.
Nov 12th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Skin inflammation can drive systemic disease in SLE, thus it is essential to understand the key regulators of the aberrant inflammatory response in lupus skin. We have previously identified BATF2 as a transcription factor that is highly overexpressed in lupus keratinocytes following type I IFN exposure. The objective of this study was to determine the role of BATF2 in regula...
Timothy Kwok, Justine (Yang) Ye, Daniel Pereira 2 and Dafna Gladman et. al.
Nov 12th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Evidence thus far on the effect of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) on bone mineral density (BMD) has been inconsistent. There is also insufficient guidance surrounding BMD testing in PsA patients. The purpose of this study was to determine BMD in the PsA population, factors associated with having BMD testing performed, and the effect of PsA clinical activity on BMD. Methods: : Thi...
Ikuko Tanaka, Takashi Kato, Hiroaki Mizuno et. al.
Nov 12th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it has been reported that osteoclast are activated by immune complexes, anti-CCP antibodies (ACPAs), and inflammatory cytokines. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between bone microstructure and joint involvement by imaging the distal radius using HR-pQCT. Methods: Subjects were 127 female patients with RA, who were e...
Vivian Bykerk, Andrew Blauvelt, Jeffrey Curtis et. al.
Nov 12th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: Certolizumab pegol (CZP) is an anti-TNF drug approved for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), psoriasis (PSO) and Crohn’s disease (CD). Older age, comorbidities and corticosteroid (CS) use have been linked to increased risk of serious infectious events (SIEs) in CZP-treated patients (pts) with RA.1 However, the impact of ove...
Shangyi Jin, Evelyn Hsieh, Weibo Xia et. al.
Nov 12th, 2019 - Background/Purpose: To evaluate alterations of bone mineral density and microarchitecture in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We also aimed to identify potential factors associated with these alterations. Methods: In this case-control study, patients with RA were recruited from the PUMC Hospital site of the Chinese Registry of rhEumatoiD arthrITis (CREDIT). The primary outcomes were hig...