Blood clots can cause critical or lethal problems in patients, and individuals with antiphospholipid syndrome can experience these events at any location in their bodies. However, there’s not a great deal of clarity on which risk factors are most significant for this condition. In this Q&A, we feature a conversation with Eileen J. Lydon, ANP-BC, a rheumatology nurse practitioner at New York University Langone Orthopedic Hospital, who recently spoke on recommendations for treating patients with antiphospholipid syndrome.
The safety of live virus vaccines in patients receiving biologic therapies was confirmed in a study of 617 patients recently presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting this month.
Even though senior patients with rheumatoid arthritis receive biologic therapies less often than patients who develop the condition early in life, a Japanese study presented this month at the ACR annual meeting, shows that patients 60 years and older can benefit from therapy just as much as younger patients.
Researchers are exploring the possibility of using immune checkpoint inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis patients. A small study presented at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meeting earlier this month shows that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who were treated with immunotherapy, responded just as well as a comparable patient population with only 12 of 22 patients experiencing flares.
A new study shows that the clinical status of patients who have either rheumatoid arthritis or axial spondyloarthritis, can be successfully maintained when switching from the biologic originator etanercept to a biosimilar called SB4.
The first-ever study designed to assess the effectiveness of methotrexate on hand osteoarthritis finds that while the treatment did not demonstrate superior efficacy over placebo on pain or function, it did significantly reduce the progression of joint damage.
Researchers reporting at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology earlier this month say they have successfully identified a specific biomarker for macrophage activation syndrome, a complication of childhood rheumatic disease most often affecting children with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Patients who have systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease and received nintedanib were more likely to have improved lung function than patients who received a placebo, according to a new study. Not only did nintedanib improve forced vital capacity, but patients who received the drug were less likely to experience declining clinical status and more likely to see their conditions stabilize.
Scientists now have a better understanding of the relationship between the gut microbiome and rheumatoid arthritis.
In today's slideshow, we highlight the best of the ACR Annual Meeting which wrapped this week in Atlanta. Among the highlights, includes a study that focuses on unusually high death rates in lupus, plus one that suggests new treatments for juvenile idiopathic arthritis are "urgently" needed. Learn more in this slideshow.