Science and Research

February 2018: New Study Finds No Link Between Rainfall and Joint Pain - What Do You Think? - on
This study seems to debunk the commonly held belief that there's a link between weather and arthritis pain.

January 2018: Monkey See, Monkey Do, Monkey Cure RA? - on
A recent study from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California has determined that old world monkeys could be key to a new, powerful RA therapy.

January 2018: Treatment Targets Show Promise in Psoriatic Arthritis and RA - on Rheumatology Network
A look at the role of the C5a-C5aR axis in the onset of inflammation.

January 2018: New Criteria for Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies - on Rheumatology Network
Recently published EULAR/ACR classification criteria generally perform better than previous criteria.

No differences observed in patellofemoral joints of asymptomatic patients and those with pain. 

January 2018: For Previous Cancer Patients, Biologics Don't Increase Risk - on 
For those with RA, new research has demonstrated that treatment with biologic medications does not increase the risk of a second cancer malignancy. 

December 2017: FDA Approves First Drug for Eosinophilic Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis - on Rheumatology Network
Mepolizumab gets the nod for the reare disease formerly known as Churg-Strauss syndrome.

December 2017: Rain Not To Blame for Joint and Back Pain - on Rheumatology Network
A commonly held belief has been debunked.  
December 2017: FDA Safety Alert for Product Marketed for OA - on Rheumatology Network
Limbrel capsules linked to potentially life-threatening health problems.

December 2017: New Therapeutic Tool for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis - on Rheumatology Network
The aim of this study: to determine which patients need biologic therapy after starting methotrexate. 

December 2017: Treatment Target Shows Promise in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - on Rheumatology Network
The goal: to find a treatment target that protects against early damage accrual.

December 2017: Sex Differences in Lupus Mortality - on Rheumatology Network
What underlies the disparity in life expectancy between men and women with SLE?

November 2017: Digital Coaching Enhances Rheumatoid Arthritis Outcomes - on Rheumatology Network
This tool may be used to reduce stressors, improve well-being, and decrease symptoms. 

November 2017: New Pain Management Strategies Spelled Out - on Rheumatology Network
National initiatives are designed to provide education, advance research, solve the opioid crisis, and help patients.

November 2017: Break From Methotrexate Boosts Flu Shot Efficacy in RA - on Rheumatology Network
With a drug holiday, patients with rheumatoid arthritis could improve their response to influenza vaccinations without increasing disease activity.

November 2017: In RA, No Added Second Malignancy Risk With Biologics - on Rheumatology Network
Some physicians have shown reluctance to use these agents for patients who have rheumatoid arthritis and a previous cancer diagnosis. 

November 2017: How Cannabis Might Treat Rheumatic Diseases - on Rheumatology Network
The role of legalized marijuana in society and evidence-based medicine was examined at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

November 2017: Biologic Use in Pregnancy Does Not Increase Infant Infection Risk - on Rheumatology Network
New evidence is reassuring for women with rheumatoid arthritis who need treatment with a biologic throughout pregnancy.

November 2017: Fitness Interventions for Rheumatologic Fatigue and Pain - on Rheumatology Network
The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting provided a research update on surrounding issues and strategies for helping patients.

November 2017: Biosimilars: To Switch or Not to Switch? - on Rheumatology Network
The pros and cons of using biosimilar medications shaped the "Great Debate" at this year's ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

November 2017: No Gold Standard Biomarker for Lupus Flare Predciction - on Rheumatology Network
A recent systematic review of literature found no validated and widely accepted biomarker.

November 2017: First UK Guidelines for Adults with Lupus - on Rheumatology Network
Up-to-date guidelines were developed to help improve patient outcomes.

October 2017: Gel to Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis? - on
Scientists have developed a potentially therapeutic gel, which could target nitric oxide, absorb excess fluids, and deliver medications directly to affected joints.

October 2017: Use Ultrasound to Rule Out Arthritis - on Rheumatology Network
This modality may enhance the diagnostic workup of patients with early arthralgia at risk for inflammatory arthritis.

October 2017: Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Rises With Working in the Cold - on Rheumatology Network
Exposure to cold environments has been linked to disease development, and new findings may help prevention. 

October 2017: Can Working in A Cold Environment Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis? - on
A recent study from Sweden suggests that people who work in cold environments may face an increased risk of developing RA.

September 2017: Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Connected to BMD - on Rheumatology Network
Low proximal tibial trabecular bone mineral density may play a role in its development.

September 2017: BMD Loss Predicts Joint Damage in Rheumatoid Arthritis - on Rheumatology Network
A decrease in BMD just 3 months after diagnosis may independently predict radiologic damage at 1 year.

September 2017: Anti-inflammatory Therapy for Atherosclerotic Disease - on Rheumatology Network
Canakinumab lowers CRP level and may significantly lower the incidence of recurrent cardiovascular events.

September 207: Vaccine May Prevent Shingles in Rheumatoid Arthritis- on Rheumatology Network The live varicella-zoster vaccine may be effective in patients with RA who are starting treatment with tofacitinib. 

August 2017: Pregnancy Genes May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis - on Rheumatology Network
Type I interferons have a potential role in disease activity modulation in pregnant women.

For 2 anabolic agents used to treat patients with osteoporosis, the incremental costs of additional quality adjusted life-years (QALYs) gained would exceed the commonly cited willingness-to-pay threshold. 

Initiation and switching of bDMARDs in recent years has contributed to markedly increased remission rates.

Lower disease activity may be associated with higher intake of fish as a whole food.

July 2017: Can Eating Fish Reduce RA Disease Activity - on
Recently, a new study about RA and fish consumption caught my eye. While the results are promising, a randomized controlled trial would be required to provide firm evidence that greater fish consumption lowers RA disease activity. 

Used with or separate from traditional measures, this tool can obtain a fast assessment of remission.

With adequate risk stratification in a reanalysis of PROMPT data, the preventative benefits of methotrexate became apparent.

October 2016: My BioExperience - Touring the Lab Where Remicade is Made - on
The science behind developing new biologic medications.  

July 2016: New Study Shows Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Reduce RA Symptoms - on
A new study has led to promising potential for treating RA through electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve.  

June 2016: Could An Electrical Implant in Your Brain Help With Chronic Pain? - on
Results of a new study have allowed scientists to confirm that electrical stimulation of a particular area of the brain can work as a painkiller.

February 2016: The Importance of Patient-Centered Research - on
Dr. Horonjeff's message to patients was that your voice is powerful and you can make a big difference in the way research proceeds.

June 2015: Australian Researchers Develop a Breakthrough RA Treatment - on and
Researchers in Australia recently announced that they have developed a breakthrough new treatment option for RA - the world's first vaccine-style approach to treating RA.     

March 2015: A "Miracle Cure" With Scientific Promise? - on
Hookworms to treat autoimmune diseases?! As disgusting as it sounds there's some method to this madness.

September 2014: New Study Brings Hope: Scientists Discover How To "Switch Off" Autoimmune Diseases - on 
Scientists have made an important breakthrough in the fight against debilitating autoimmune diseases by revealing how to stop immune system cells from attacking healthy body tissues.  

April 2014: Research for a Cure: Update from the National Institute of Health - on
An update on the current research being performed by the National Institute of Health and the National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskelatal and Skin Diseases to search for treatments and a cure for arthritis.  

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