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Free for All: Rheumatology Textbook Online

Three eminent rheumatologists, authors of a well-known textbook, have posted the complete contents of the new edition on the Internet for free. They call it Rheumaknowledgy.

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The news from the PROMISSE study on pregnancy outcome in women with systemic lupus erythematosus is good for non-Hispanic white women and not so good for Hispanic white and African-American in women.

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Blisibimod, an experimental drug that inhibits autoimmune B-cell activation and survival, produced clinically important improvements in disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus, as well as in fatigue, in a phase 2b clinical trial.

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There is no generally accepted definition for remission of SLE. An international expert panel has provided a framework for testing individual definitions and issued 8 key statements regarding remission.

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New guidelines issued at EULAR 2015 outline ways to reduce risks of complications for pregnant women with SLE and antiphospholipid syndrome. Details here.

That smile on your patient’s face may conceal a great deal of pain that goes along with having lupus, much of which is not actually physical. Here, a patient in her early 30s describes how a lupus diagnosis changed almost everything.

Top reports chosen by Annals of Internal Medicine include several on biologics for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, and mechanisms for lupus and scleroderma.

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Thrombosis risk is increased in lupus, but not all patients are equal in this regard. This slide show summarizes the key points of a new systematic review on the topic that highlights risk assessment and treatment. Full text is available via hyperlinks in the captions.

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