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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645795/high-frame-rate-power-doppler-ultrasound-is-more-sensitive-than-conventional-power-doppler-in-detecting-rheumatic-vascularisation
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Myrthe van der Ven, Jolanda J Luime, Levinia L van der Velden, Johan G Bosch, Johanna M W Hazes, Hendrik J Vos
Early recognition of joint inflammation will increase treatment efficacy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Yet, conventional power Doppler (PD) ultrasound might not be sufficiently sensitive to detect minor inflammation. We investigated the sensitivity of high-frame rate Doppler, combined with singular value decomposition technique, to suppress tissue signals, for microvascular flow in a flow phantom setup and in a proof-of-principle study in healthy controls and in RA patients with different disease activities...
June 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644744/add-on-iguratimod-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-to-achieve-remission-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-inadequately-responding-to-biological-dmards-a-retrospective-study
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Ayaka Yoshikawa, Shuzo Yoshida, Yuko Kimura, Nao Tokai, Yohei Fujiki, Takuya Kotani, Yoko Matsumura, Tohru Takeuchi, Shigeki Makino
OBJECTIVES: In this study, iguratimod (IGU) was added to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients inadequately responding to 24-week or longer treatment with biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (bDMARDs), its effectiveness was assessed, and factors contributing to remission were evaluated. METHODS: RA patients who fulfilled the following criteria were included: (i) ≥ 24-week of bDMARDs; (ii) 2.6 < disease activity score (DAS) 28-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) < 5...
June 23, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643530/assessment-of-local-carotid-stiffness-in-seronegative-and-seropositive-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Abdullah Nabi Aslan, Ayşe Nur Şirin Özcan, Şükran Erten, Yakup Alsancak, Tahir Durmaz
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disease associated with increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. Arterial stiffness (AS) is an independent predictor of CV events. This study aimed to analyse local carotid AS parameters in seronegative and seropositive RA patients. DESIGN: Of 347 consecutive RA patients, we selected specifically those who were free of established CV diseases and risk factors. As a result, 140 patients (126 women, 52...
June 23, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639002/risk-factors-of-flare-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-both-clinical-and-ultrasonographic-remission-a-retrospective-study-from-china
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Jingjing Han, Yan Geng, Xuerong Deng, Zhuoli Zhang
Ultrasonographic remission in addition to clinical remission is probably becoming a new target in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The current study aimed to investigate the risk factors of flare in RA patients who achieved both clinical and ultrasonographic remission. RA patients fulfilled both clinical remission and ultrasonographic remissions were retrospectively enrolled in this study. Baseline clinical, laboratory, and ultrasonographic data were collected. Durations of clinical remission before enrollment and medication strategy during follow-up were recorded...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638695/pre-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-its-prevention
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REVIEW
Binoy J Paul, Hemanth Illath Kandy, Vinod Krishnan
Pre-rheumatoid arthritis (pre-RA) is the preclinical period of the disease that precedes the onset of clinically apparent RA. It includes the interaction between genetic and environmental risk factors and development of disease-related autoantibodies and joint symptoms and signs, which may be considered nonspecific or unclassified for RA. A better understanding of the pre-RA stage will be useful in developing screening programs for early detection of RA. Identifying and modifying risk factors such as smoking, periodontitis, obesity, viral infections, and hormonal or dietary factors will be useful in preventing RA in susceptible population...
June 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638686/rheumatoid-arthritis-are-psychological-factors-effective-in-disease-flare
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Volkan Yılmaz, Ebru Umay, İbrahim Gündoğdu, Zeliha Özgür Karaahmet, Arif Erhan Öztürk
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is clinically an undulant disease, and reasons for flare or remission vary. We aimed to identify factors potentially associated with disease flare and remission. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two hundred and seventy-four patients with RA who were admitted to our center between January 2010 and January 2016 were included. Disease activity was evaluated using disease activity score 28 (DAS 28); functional status was evaluated using the modified Health Assessment Questionnaire (m-HAQ), a questionnaire that comprises flare or remission domains such as psychological stress and mood status, physical trauma, nutrition regimen, infection, antibiotic use, and seasonal weather changes...
June 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637898/activation-of-complement-by-pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#7
Leonie M Vogt, Simone Talens, Ewa Kwasniewicz, Carsten Scavenius, André Struglics, Jan J Enghild, Tore Saxne, Anna M Blom
The aim of this study was to identify molecules that trigger complement activation in rheumatic joints. C4d, the final cleavage product of C4 activation, is found in the diseased joint and can bind covalently to complement-activating molecules. By using a highly specific Ab against a cleavage neoepitope in C4d, several molecules that were specifically bound to C4d were identified from pooled synovial fluid (SF) from four rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. One of these molecules, pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), is a broadly expressed multifunctional member of the serine proteinase inhibitor family...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637670/a-randomised-double-blind-trial-to-demonstrate-bioequivalence-of-gp2013-and-reference-rituximab-combined-with-methotrexate-in-patients-with-active-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Josef S Smolen, Stanley B Cohen, Hans-Peter Tony, Morton Scheinberg, Alan Kivitz, Andra Balanescu, Juan Gomez-Reino, Liyi Cen, Peijuan Zhu, Tamas Shisha
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this report is to demonstrate pharmacokinetic (PK) and pharmacodynamic (PD) equivalence as well as similar efficacy, safety and immunogenicity between GP2013, a biosimilar rituximab, and innovator rituximab (RTX) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with inadequate response or intolerance to tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) treatment. METHODS: In this multinational, randomised, double-blind, parallel-group study, 312 patients with active disease despite prior TNFi therapy were randomised to receive GP2013 or either the EU (RTX-EU) or the US (RTX-US) reference product, along with methotrexate (MTX) and folic acid...
June 21, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635309/rheumatoid-arthritis-is-associated-with-negatively-variable-impacts-on-domains-of-female-sexual-function-evidence-from-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#9
Qiuxiang Zhang, Congcong Zhou, Haoyang Chen, Qian Zhao, Lin Li, Yafei Cui, Biyu Shen
To systematically review the literature to identify the impact of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on specific female sexual function domains. A meta-analysis was performed and the related literature were searched in MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CNKI, CBM and Web of Science databases, and in reference lists of articles and systematic reviews. Score of the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) was used as the outcome measurement, and mean differences (MD) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated. Five studies were included, including 346 women with RA and 237 healthy female controls...
June 21, 2017: Psychology, Health & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635179/changing-trends-in-opioid-use-among-u-s-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#10
Jeffrey R Curtis, Fenglong Xie, Christian Smith, Kenneth G Saag, Lang Chen, Timothy Beukelman, Melissa Mannion, Huifeng Yun, Stefan Kertesz
Introduction Opioid prescribing recently has come under intense scrutiny. However, longitudinal patterns of opioid prescription receipt in a population-based cohort of patients who have chronic pain, such as those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), have not been well characterized. Methods We identified a cohort of RA patients based on 2006-2014 Medicare data and evaluated longitudinal time trends in regular opioid use (>=3 filled prescriptions in each 12 month interval). A separate analysis in 2014 assessed rheumatologist-specific variability in regular opioid prescription for RA patients...
June 21, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634103/undetectable-mannose-binding-lectin-and-corticosteroids-increase-serious-infection-risk-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#11
Graeme J Carroll, Krista Makin, Maxine Garnsey, Max Bulsara, Bronwyn V Carroll, Shona M Curtin, Erin M Allan, Andrew McLean-Tooke, Christine Bundell, Monica L Kemp, Pooja Deshpande, Dana Ihdayhid, Sophie Coleman, Tracie Easter, James Triplett, Timothy Disteldorf, C Helen Marsden, Michaela Lucas
BACKGROUND: Infection is the leading cause of death in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Corticosteroid (CS) use is a known and important risk factor for serious infections (SIs). Mannose binding lectin (MBL) is a genetically determined component of the innate immune system implicated in neonatal infections. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine whether MBL deficiency is a risk factor for SIs in RA and to compare it with CS use and also synthetic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633956/a-time-adjustable-pulsatile-release-system-for-ketoprofen-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-investigation-in-a-pharmacokinetic-study-and-an-ivivc-evaluation
#12
Haiying Wang, Lizhen Cheng, Haoyang Wen, Caiyan Li, Yuenan Li, Xiaoyu Zhang, Yongfei Wang, Yanyan Wang, Tuanjie Wang, Weisan Pan, Xinggang Yang
A time-adjustable pulsatile release system (TAPS) containing ketoprofen (KF) as an active pharmaceutical agent was developed having been designed for bedtime dosing and releasing drug in the early morning to control the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The formulation involved a tablet core (KF) and a control-release layer, and the coating membrane was composed of EC and Eudragit L100. A single-factor study, a central composite design and a response surface method were selected to optimize the formula and the optimum prescription was as follows: tablet core (KF 50mg, MCC 70mg, lactose 40mg, L-HPC 38mg), and film (EC 7...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633586/porphyromonas-gingivalis-and-its-lps-differentially-regulate-the-expression-of-peptidyl-arginine-deiminases-in-human-chondrocytes
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René Elkaim, Isaac Maximiliano Bugueno-Valdebenito, Nadia Benkirane-Jessel, Henri Tenenbaum
Periodontitis, an inflammatory disease initiated by Gram-negative bacteria such as Porphyromonas gingivalis ( Pg), is considered as a risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Our study aimed to determine the effect of Pg and its LPS on the expression of peptidyl arginine deiminase isotypes (PADs) in human primary chondrocytes (HC). HCs were infected with Pg and activated by its LPS (LPS- Pg). The mRNA expression levels of human PADs (1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) and bacterial enzyme (PADPg) were quantified by RT-qPCR...
January 1, 2017: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633332/anti-fas2-igm-antibodies-in-fasciola-hepatica-infected-patients-with-positive-igg-serology
#14
Liliya Kazantseva, María Del Pilar García Lázaro, Patricia Herrera-Velit, Jose R Espinoza
Background: Fascioliasis is an infectious disease caused by parasites Fasciola hepatica and F. gigantica. Humans are infected by the consumption of vegetables and water contaminated with the infective form of the parasite. Materials and Methods: In this study, an IgM-ELISA with the cysteine proteinase Fas2 antigen was evaluated with sera from 76 patients infected with F. hepatica, 24 patients with other parasite infections and 84 healthy volunteers. Results: IgM-ELISA resulted in 43% positives in F...
March 1, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632321/is-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-the-missing-link-between-periodontitis-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
#15
David Polak
The impact of chronic conditions on the modern population is even more evident in view of a prolonged human life span. In addition, most individuals will probably simultaneously suffer from more than one chronic condition. As such, unveiling the pathogenesis of chronic diseases, as well as the causal factors that crosstalk between different conditions, is one of the greatest challenges faced by modern medicine. Two such conditions are periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This article is protected by copyright...
June 20, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631700/-polymorphism-in-the-regulatory-regions-%C3%B0-2578a-and-c936t-of-the-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-vegf-a-gene-in-russian-women-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#16
A V Shevchenko, V F Prokofyev, M A Korolev, N E Banshchikova, V I Konenkov
AIM: To analyze polymorphism in the regulatory regions of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) gene in female patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The investigation enrolled 257 female patients with RA. A control group consisted of 297 women without chronic diseases. The investigators examined the single-nucleotide polymorphism of VEGF-А2578С in the promoter region (rs699947) and that of VEGF+С936Т 3 in the retranslated region (rs3025039) of the gene...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631608/one-year-in-review-2017-pathogenesis-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#17
REVIEW
Francesca Angelotti, Alice Parma, Giacomo Cafaro, Riccardo Capecchi, Alessia Alunno, Ilaria Puxeddu
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. It has been postulated that a high-risk genetic background, in combination with epigenetic marks and environmental exposures, leads to a cascade of events inducing synovitis and consequent destructive arthritis. The clinical picture of joint involvement in RA is the result of chronic inflammation of the synovium, characterised by interactions of resident cells such as fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) with cells of the innate (e...
May 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631356/immune-tolerance-effect-in-mesenteric-lymph-node-lymphocytes-of-geniposide-on-adjuvant-arthritis-rats
#18
Zheng-Rong Zhang, Hong Wu, Rong Wang, Shu-Ping Li, Li Dai, Wen-Yu Wang
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic, Th1 cytokine-predominant autoimmune disease result in a chronic and inflammatory disorder. Geniposide (GE), an iridoid glycoside compound that is purified from Gardenia jasminoides Ellis, has antiinflammatory and other immunoregulatory effects, but its exact mechanism of actions on RA is unknown. The aim of this study was to elucidate antiinflammation effects of GE on adjuvant arthritis (AA) rats and its possible immune tolerance mechanisms. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered with GE (30, 60, and 120 mg/kg) orally from day 17 to 24 after immunization...
June 19, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631046/adherence-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-to-biologic-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drugs-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Natalia Mena-Vazquez, Sara Manrique-Arija, Lucía Yunquera-Romero, Inmaculada Ureña-Garnica, Marta Rojas-Gimenez, Carla Domic, Francisco Gabriel Jimenez-Nuñez, Antonio Fernandez-Nebro
The aims of this study were to evaluate adherence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients to biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs), identify potential risk factors, and analyze the discriminative ability of the Morisky-Green test (MGT) to detect bDMARD nonadherence. One hundred and seventy-eight adult RA patients treated with bDMARDs were included. Adherence was measured using the medication possession ratio (MPR) of the previous 6 months. An MPR >80% was considered good adherence. Patient demographics, clinical characteristics, and MGT scores were assessed through a standardized clinical interview at the cross-sectional date...
June 19, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629188/serum-biomarkers-for-discrimination-between-hepatitis-c-related-arthropathy-and-early-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Isabela Siloşi, Lidia Boldeanu, Viorel Biciuşcă, Maria Bogdan, Carmen Avramescu, Citto Taisescu, Vlad Padureanu, Mihail Virgil Boldeanu, Anica Dricu, Cristian Adrian Siloşi
In the present study, we aimed to estimate the concentrations of cytokines (interleukin 6, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor-α, TNF-α) and auto-antibodies (rheumatoid factor IgM isotype, IgM-RF, antinuclear auto-antibodies, ANA, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies IgG isotype, IgG anti-CCP3.1, anti-cardiolipin IgG isotype, IgG anti-aCL) in serum of patients with eRA (early rheumatoid arthritis) and HCVrA (hepatitis C virus-related arthropathy) and to assess the utility of IL-6, TNF-α together with IgG anti-CCP and IgM-RF in distinguishing between patients with true eRA and HCVrA, in the idea of using them as differential immunomarkers...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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