Modern pharmacologic therapies for rheumatoid arthritisare effective in controlling inflammation and preventing bone erosions however, a multitude of factors are likely to blame for ongoing bone loss in rheumatoid arthritis.
Gregory M. Weiss, M.D.
Temporal artery biopsy is a useful test for diagnosing giant cell arteritis but may miss some cases, research shows.
Pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus often discontinue their lupus medications during pregnancy despite recommendations to continue them.
Plasma microbial translocation may play a role in the development of autoantibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus, researchers find. The discovery may lead to new treatments in lupus.
Currently the modified Stoke Ankylosing Spondylitis Spine Score (mSASSS) represents the gold standard for assessment of structural damage in the spine of patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA).
The established criteria for radiographic axial spondyloarthritis and axial spondyloarthritis that is classified as ankylosing spondylitis—is essentially the same, report physicians who recommend the interchangeable use of the terms "ankylosing spondylitis" and "radiographic axial spondyloarthritis."
New research shows that a newly identified species of gut bacteria is significantly depleted in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.
High levels of comorbidity burden are associated independently with poor physical function and increased disability in patients with psoriatic arthritis, however, patients ankylosing spondylitis did not report worse function when comorbidities were present.
Anne-Mari Mustonen and colleagues in Finland have determined the respective fatty acid (FA) signatures found in the infrapatellar fat pad (IFP) and synovial fluid (SF) of patients with osteoarthritis (OA), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While the authors’ findings are inconclusive, they give insight into the complex alterations in fatty acid profiles found in knee arthropathies. They present their findings in a recent Arthritis Research & Therapy.
The presence of carotid atherosclerosis in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients is associated with an increased risk of having a cardiovascular event, researchers report.