Data from an international lupus cohort shows the factors that correlate with permanent damage to renal, pulmonary, and other body systems in lupus. Some of them are modifiable. In this video, the author discusses what can be averted.

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(ACR Pediatrics 2014) Children growing into young adults with rheumatic diseases often fail to get the care they need, for numerous complicated reasons. The ACA could change all this, with implications for adult rheumatologists. Here, a brief look at the situation and some solutions.

Autoimmune disorders including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus more than triple the risk of epilepsy in young patients. Early treatment of a rheumatic condition reduces the epilepsy risk, a large study finds.

(ACR Pediatrics 2014) A long-term study of more than 600 children with lupus finds that some adverse outcomes are less prevalent than expected from previous research.

ACR and EULAR are soliciting proposals for collaborative projects to update classification and response criteria for a number of high-priority rheumatologic conditions.

Two case studies important to rheumatology, both reported by non-rheumatologists: Severe pulmonary hypertension comorbid with a connective tissue disorder, and Raynaud's that had progressed to digital necrosis.

In some cases, like this one, a woman's first manifestation of autoimmune disease arises in her newborn infant.

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has reversed a plan to alter Medicare Part D plans, including proposed restrictions on immunosuppressants. A coalition of 44 support groups, including many for rheumatology patients, had written a joint letter objecting to a proposal to eliminate blanket approval of immunosuppressants, pointing out the need for individualized treatments.


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