Prime-Boost Bests a Single Pneumococcal Vaccination in Patients Receiving DMARDs

March 05, 2020

A two-pronged vaccination approach performs better than a single pneumococcal vaccination in patients receiving conventional DMARDs or abatacept-treated patients, but not in patients receiving rituximab, say researchers writing in Arthritis Research & Therapy.

Methotrexate Lowers Immunogenicity to Adalimumab in Axial Spondyloarthritis

February 28, 2020

Adding methotrexate to adalimumab (Humira, AbbVie) in axial spondyloarthritis was associated with reduced immunogenicity, and prolonged co-medication was associated with long-term maintenance of adalimumab, say researchers recently writing in RMD Open: Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases.

Pregnancy Complications More Common in RA, Not Spondyloarthritis

February 25, 2020

A study of 312,081 pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis or no inflammatory arthritis, finds that women with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have pregnancy complications.

Long-Term TNFi Use in Axial Spondyloarthritis May Slow Radiographic Progression

February 10, 2020

Long-term use of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) may show radiographic progression benefit in axial spondyloarthritis, say researchers recently writing in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Personalized Approach Needed for Biologic Tapering

February 07, 2020

The practice of systematically tapering biological disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) in all patients with inflammatory arthritis who have reached a certain disease activity target may not be supported by current evidence, according to a review published recently in Autoimmunity Reviews

Study Questions BASDAI for Prescribing TNF Inhibitors in Ankylosing Spondylitis

February 07, 2020

The internationally recommended Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) cutoff of four and above may not be applicable when initiating treatment with the tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor (TNFi) golimumab (Simponi, Janssen), say researchers recently writing in The Journal of Rheumatology.

Spondyloarthritis News Roundup

January 14, 2020

Turkish researchers are reporting the results of small study that shows too much vitamin D may be associated with the severity of in disease ankylosing spondylitis patients. Learn more about this and other recent findings from spondylarthritis research in today's news roundup. 

Monitor NSAID GI Risk in Ankylosing Spondylitis, Study Warns

January 08, 2020

In patients with ankylosing spondylitis receiving treatment with non‐steroidal anti‐inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), timely therapeutic strategies should be implemented in order to manage gastrointestinal risk, say researchers recently writing in the International Journal of Rheumatic Disease.

11 Considerations for Tapering Biologic Therapy in Inflammatory Arthritis

January 07, 2020

In a review published last month in Autoimmunity Reviews, British researchers outline factors physicians should consider when contemplating tapering biologic therapies in patients with inflammatory arthritis. How best to wean patients from biologic therapy is an issue that comes up more frequently these days as patients increasingly achieve remission or low disease activity. In this slideshow, we highlight considerations physicians may want to consider in treating these patients.

Physiotherapy Improves Outcomes in Ankylosing Spondylitis

December 05, 2019

Physiotherapy is beneficial in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and while more research is needed, expanding traditional exercise programs to include aerobic and cardiorespiratory components along with patient education may improve outcomes for patients with non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis as well.