Focus on Rheumatoid Arthritis


The Rheumatology Network rheumatoid arthritis clinical focus page provides information on the latest rheumatoid arthritis news, study and clinical trial findings, and clinical guideline updates. We feature expert interviews with leading physicians and investigators, articles, videos, podcasts, and breaking FDA approvals for rheumatoid arthritis drugs.

Benjamin Nowell, PhD: Mindfulness Program for Patients With Rheumatic Disease

June 08, 2021

Rheumatology Network sat down for an interview with Benjamin Nowell, PhD, in partnership with CreakyJoints, to discuss the Healthy Mind Healthy You study, which assessed 2 mindfulness programs of varying lengths, designed for people with rheumatic disease, and compared the results.

Roy Fleischmann, MD: Efficacy of Upadacitinib and Adalimumab for Rheumatoid Arthritis

June 04, 2021

Roy Fleischmann, MD, discusses his presentations for EULAR 2021, which include topics about the side effects of JAK inhibitors, disease activity measures of methotrexate withdrawal among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and the long-term safety and efficacy of upadacitinib or adalimumab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Elena Nikiphorou, MBBS/BSc, MD (Res): Self-Management Strategies for Patients With Arthritis

May 26, 2021

Rheumatology Networked interviewed Elena Nikiphorou, MBBS/BSc, MD (Res), to discuss her recent study that suggests self-management and resources for patients with inflammatory arthritis improve patient experience of care and outcomes by empowering and supporting them.

Contraception Counseling is Lacking Among Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 21, 2021

An observational study indicated that the majority of women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who were of childbearing age were not currently using contraception and were not counseled on contraception practices by their physician.

Many Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis Struggle to Engage in Physical Activity

May 13, 2021

Recent analysis indicated that a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis pervaded every facet of a patient’s perception of physical activity (PA), both as motivators and as hinderances. These results may be helpful in ultimately creating a PA strategy that can support each individual and improve clinical practice.

Caring for Caregivers

May 12, 2021

Caregivers are a rheumatologist's most important allies. Learn the warning signs of caregiver burnout and how to combat the symptoms. Remember: their health is prerequisite to patient care.

Q&A: Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to More Severe COVID-19 Outcomes

May 11, 2021

Bryant England, MD, PhD, discusses his study, "Risk of COVID‐19 in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A National Veterans Affairs Matched Cohort Study in At‐Risk Individuals." Investigators found that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are not only at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19, they are more likely to have severe outcomes, such as hospitalization and death, when compared with the general population.

Oral Microbiome Linked to Onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 06, 2021

Both patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) and those at-risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had a significantly different oral microbiome when compared with a control group. Most notably, the pro-inflammatory discriminative zero-radius operational taxonomic units (zOTUs), Prevotella and Veillonella, were much more prevalent in these groups than in patients with no history of autoimmune conditions.