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Science and Research

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 RheumatoidArthritis.net
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 RheumatoidArthritis.net
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 RheumatoidArthritis.net
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 RheumatoidArthritis.net
The science behind developing new biologic medications.  

July 2016: New Study Shows Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Reduce RA Symptoms - on RheumatoidArthritis.net
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 RheumatoidArthritis.net
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 RheumatoidArthritis.net
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 RheumatoidArthritis.net and MultipleSclerosis.net
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 RhematoidArthritis.net
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 RhematoidArthritis.net 
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 RheumatoidArthritis.net
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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