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New guideline introduces recommendations for vaccinations in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released a summary of its new treatment guideline for Vaccinations in Patients with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs). The effectiveness and safety of vaccines may differ ...

Medical research

Studying rheumatoid arthritis in modern-day patients may shed new light on disease's past

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) graduate student is studying specimens from knee replacement surgeries in modern patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to better understand the history and progression of the disease ...

Genetics

Gene variant links trigger finger and carpal tunnel syndrome

A new NDORMS study, published in The Lancet Rheumatology, has found a genetic variant that increases the risk of both carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger, and opens the door for new therapies that involve blocking the ...

Neuroscience

New study focuses on improving cognitive symptoms of lupus

A National Jewish Health led study recently published in Lupus finds that technology using video game-based cognitive therapy improves attention and executive functioning in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Arthritis & Rheumatism

How mitochondrial damage ignites the 'auto-inflammatory fire'

Mitochondria are self-contained organelles (they possess their own mini-chromosome and DNA) residing within cells and are charged with the job of generating the chemical energy needed to fuel functions essential to life and ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Patients with lupus benefit from COVID-19 vaccine booster

People with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who received a "booster" dose of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine after full vaccination are roughly half as likely to have a subsequent "breakthrough" COVID-19 infection, a new study shows.

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Discovery of molecular pathway through which stress affects lupus

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that affects all the organ systems of the body. This chronic disease includes periods of illness, called flare ups, and periods of remission, when symptoms are few. ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Should clinicians reconsider standard therapy for gout?

Gout occurs when urate crystals accumulate in the joints, and xanthine oxidase inhibitors such as febuxostat are a mainstay of therapy to help reduce blood urate levels in affected patients. A recent clinical trial published ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Study lays foundation for new psoriasis treatment strategy

About 250,000 people in Austria suffer from psoriasis. One third of them develop inflammation in their joints (psoriatic arthritis) as a result of the chronic skin condition. As part of a study, a MedUni Vienna research team ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

The importance of treatment goals in PSA

PsA is a type of inflammatory arthritis linked to psoriasis—a chronic condition affecting the skin and nails. People with PsA experience pain and swelling in their joints, and at the points where tendons and ligaments attach ...

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Patient involvement and empowerment: Coping with rheumatic diseases

At the 2022 EULAR Congress, Joana Vicente presented the findings of a survey which set out to identify the levels of invalidation and lack of understanding felt by adults with RMDs from health professionals and other people. ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Investigating the link between a type of antibody and miscarriage

Miscarriage affects an estimated 15% of pregnancies, but in about half of cases the cause is unclear. At Yale, reproductive immunologist Vikki Abrahams and reproductive biologist Mancy Tong are interested in shining a light ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Treating knee osteoarthritis without surgery

Dr. Prakash Jayabalan has long pondered why more non-operative treatment options aren't available to patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), particularly because it is the most common cause of disability in the U.S.

Health

Vegan diet eases arthritis pain, finds new study

A low-fat vegan diet, without calorie restrictions, improves joint pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and published ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

When is it time for a knee replacement?

Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common procedures in the United States, with more than 790,000 performed each year.