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How's Your Sjögren's Patient? Dry Mouth Tells (Nearly) All
A comparative study finds the severity of xerostomia (oral dryness) in Sjögren syndrome a good indicator of other serious problems, including fatigue, anxiety, and cardiovascular symptoms.
Hydroxychloroquine Ineffective for Sjögren: Full Trial Data Published
In a 120-patient randomized trial, hydroxychloroquine was no better than placebo at relieving the dryness, pain, and fatigue of Sjögren syndrome.
TNF-α Drugs Don’t Appear to Affect Vaccine Responses in RA
A new meta-analysis shows RA treatments have varied effects on patients’ response to flu and pneumonia vaccines.
The "Swedish Puzzle" and Celiac: A Model of Autoimmune Disease
Why is celiac disease so much more common in Sweden than in the US? A study compares differences in genes and environment, presenting this riddle as a model for other autoimmune disorders.
Surveyed RA Patients Value Treatment Convenience Over Safety, Efficacy
An online survey suggests that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients want quicker, less frequent treatments even if the trade-offs are adverse reactions or less efficacy.
For Steroid-Resistant Autoimmune Hepatitis, Consider Sirolimus
A small case series suggests that the mTOR inhibitor sirolimus has fewer adverse events and similar efficacy to other options for steroid-refractory hepatitis.
New Biologics at EULAR 2014: Stop and Wait
(EULAR2014) Which candidate biologics for rheumatology are destined to pass "Go" and collect? A member of the audience at the recent conference presents his observations and comments.
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