In this month's rheumatoid arthritis quiz, we focus on contraception, a patient's preference for tapering and the self-management of flares.
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.
Swedish researchers writing in Arthritis Research & Therapy earlier this year report that more than half (54%) of patients discontinue their first TNFi treatment within five years and those who remain on a TNF inhibitor treatment receive a lower dose.
In this month's psoriatic arthritis quiz, we revisit studies presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting last month. Included here is one that highlights interesting trends in prescribing practices by physicians from different specialties. Which specialty is more likely to prescribe more medications?
Nearly one-quarter of patients with ankylosing spondylitis experienced disease progression over time, with male sex, presence of baseline damage, active disease state, and higher inflammatory markers predictive of spinal progression, while treatment with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors slowed the progression rate, say researchers recently writing in Arthritis Care & Research.
A new discontinuation strategy for infliximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, in which the biologic dose was determined by the serum level of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, was unsuccessful for sustained biologic-free remission, say researchers recently writing in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Children with inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and chronic noninfectious osteomyelitis who were treated with TNF inhibitors had a higher rate of incident psoriasis than those not exposed to these biologics, say researchers recently writing in Arthritis Care & Research.
While the need for orthopedic surgery and the presence of uveitis have diminished over the past 20 years in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), disease activity is present more than 50 percent of the time, say researchers recently writing in Arthritis Research and Therapy.
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are physically active are less likely to report cognitive difficulties, say researchers recently writing in ACR Open Rheumatology.
Ultra-low doses of rituximab (Rituxan, MabThera) used as maintenance treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in patients who responded well to this agent did not show non-inferiority, but could nevertheless be considered in clinical practice, say researchers recently writing in The Lancet Rheumatology.