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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431162/risk-of-serious-bacterial-infection-associated-with-tumour-necrosis-factor-alpha-inhibitors-in-children-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Wan-Ju Lee, Todd A Lee, Katie J Suda, Gregory S Calip, Leslie Briars, Glen T Schumock
Objectives.: TNF-α inhibitors (TNFIs) have a black box warning for increased risk of serious infection that was based on evidence from studies of adults. Evidence of the association is lacking for children. We aimed to examine the risk of infection posed by TNFIs compared with DMARDs in children with JIA. Methods.: We conducted a cohort study using the 2009-13 Truven MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database. Children <16 years old with JIA who initiated monotherapy with TNFIs or DMARDs were identified and followed for occurrence of serious bacterial infection requiring hospitalization...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429118/-how-frequent-are-poor-prognostic-markers-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-an-estimate-based-on-three-epidemiologic-cohorts
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K Albrecht, A Richter, Y Meissner, D Huscher, L Baganz, K Thiele, M Schneider, A Strangfeld, A Zink
BACKGROUND: Unfavorable prognostic factors-high disease activity, early erosions, and autoantibodies-should be considered when making treatment decisions in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There are little data on the frequency of individual poor prognostic factors among RA patients in daily care. METHODS: Disease activity (Disease Activity Score, DAS28), erosions, antibodies against citrullinated peptides or rheumatoid factor (ACPA/RF+), previous treatment failure, inflammation markers, and functional disability (FFbH < 70) were defined as prognostic factors...
April 20, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425173/the-20-year-outcome-and-association-between-early-treatment-and-mortality-and-disability-in-an-inception-cohort-of-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-results-from-the-norfolk-arthritis-register
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James M Gwinnutt, Deborah Pm Symmons, Alexander J MacGregor, Jacqueline R Chipping, Tarnya Marshall, Mark Lunt, Suzanne Mm Verstappen
Objective - To describe the outcome of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) over 20 years from symptom onset; to assess the association between early treatment (DMARDs/steroids) and mortality and disability over follow-up. Methods - Patients from the Norfolk Arthritis Register recruited from 1990-94 who met the 2010 ACR/EULAR RA criteria at baseline were included in this analysis. Demographic/clinical variables were collected at baseline and years 1-3, 5, 7, 10, 15 and 20. Disease activity (swollen/tender joint counts (SJC/TJC)), disability (HAQ) and mortality over 20 years are described...
April 20, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422773/infections-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#4
Fabiola Atzeni, Ignazio Francesco Masala, Manuela di Franco, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide an update concerning recent advances in the evidence- based study of serious infections in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with biological drugs or conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), concentrating on studies published in the last 18 months. RECENT FINDINGS: New studies have further strengthened existing evidence relating the use of biological drugs to serious infections...
April 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421991/patterns-in-use-and-costs-of-conventional-and-biologic-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drugs-in-australia
#5
Ellen Donges, Christine Staatz, Helen Benham, Paul Kubler, Samantha A Hollingworth
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to characterise the use and costs of subsidising conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologic DMARDs in Australia from 2004-2014 through pharmaceutical benefits schemes. METHODS: Dispensing and expenditure data on conventional and biologic DMARDs were extracted from Medicare Australia and temporal trends were analysed. Medicine use was standardised in terms of the defined daily dose (DDD) per 1,000 population per day (DDD/1,000 population/day)...
April 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420837/clinical-characteristics-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-achieving-functional-remission-with-six-months-of-biological-dmards-treatment
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Yusuke Miwa, Ryo Takahashi, Yuzo Ikari, Airi Maeoka, Shinichiro Nishimi, Nao Oguro, Tomoki Hayashi, Mika Hatano, Sakiko Isojima, Ryo Yanai, Tsuyoshi Kasama, Yoichi Toyoshima, Katsunori Inagaki, Kenji Sanada
Objective Although previous studies have reported the prognostic factors for functional remission, no reports have cited the predictive factors. Our aim was to study the predictive factors for functional remission, which is a treatment goal in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), after receiving biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) treatment for six months. Methods The study consisted of 333 RA patients treated with bDMARDs for six months. The following patient characteristics were investigated: age, gender, disease duration, type of bDMARDs, baseline steroid and methotrexate dosage, and levels of serum rheumatoid factor, matrix metalloprotease, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptides antibody, tumor necrosis factor-α, and interleukin-6...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416614/modeling-combined-immunosuppressive-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-dexamethasone-and-naproxen-in-rats-predicts-the-steroid-sparing-potential-of-naproxen
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Xiaonan Li, Debra C DuBois, Dawei Song, Richard R Almon, William J Jusko, Xijing Chen
Dexamethasone (DEX), a widely prescribed corticosteroid (CS), has long been the cornerstone for the treatment of inflammation and immunological dysfunctions in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The CS are frequently used in combination with other anti-rheumatic agents such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to mitigate disease symptoms and minimize unwanted effects. The steroid dose-sparing potential of the NSAID naproxen (NPX) was explored with in vitro and in vivo studies...
April 17, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415924/an-assessment-of-the-current-treatment-landscape-for-rheumatology-patients-in-qatar-recognising-unmet-needs-and-moving-towards-solutions
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Samar Al Emadi, Mohammed Hammoudeh, Mohamed Mounir, Ruediger B Mueller, Alvin F Wells, Housam Aldeen Sarakbi
Objective This study assessed the mode of application (oral, intravenous or subcutaneous (SC)) currently employed in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in patients from Qatar in comparison with patients' individual preferences for the mode of application of their treatment. Methods This study included 294 RA patients visiting three clinics at the main referral hospital in Qatar who were interviewed using a standard questionnaire to determine their preference of mode of application for their disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) treatment in relation to their currently employed mode of application...
April 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412711/biologic-disease-modifying-antirheumatic-drug-bdmard-induced-neutropenia-a-registry-from-a-retrospective-cohort-of-patients-with-rheumatic-diseases-treated-with-3-classes-of-intravenous-bdmard
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Francisco Espinoza, Pierre Le Blay, Bernard Combe
OBJECTIVE: To examine the rate, risks factors, and consequences of neutropenia induced by intravenous (IV) biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARD). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study in 499 patients with rheumatic diseases treated by IV abatacept (ABA), infliximab (IFX), or tocilizumab (TCZ). RESULTS: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was the most frequent diagnosis (72%). Fifty-two patients (10.4%) experienced at least 1 episode of neutropenia...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412710/triple-oral-therapy-versus-antitumor-necrosis-factor-plus-methotrexate-mtx-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-inadequate-response-to-mtx-a-systematic-literature-review
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Julia Mary, Michel De Bandt, Cédric Lukas, Jacques Morel, Bernard Combe
OBJECTIVE: For patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have an inadequate response to methotrexate (MTX), the relative effectiveness of the combination of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD) compared with the combination of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors and MTX, as second-line therapy, is uncertain. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and tolerance of triple oral DMARD therapy versus anti-TNF agents associated with MTX in patients with RA after MTX failure...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412701/association-between-medications-and-herpes-zoster-in-japanese-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-5-year-prospective-cohort-study
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Sayoko Harada, Ryoko Sakai, Fumio Hirano, Nobuyuki Miyasaka, Masayoshi Harigai
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between medications and herpes zoster (HZ) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) given biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARD) or conventional synthetic DMARD in the clinical setting during 5 years using the Registry of Japanese Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients on Biologics for Longterm Safety (REAL) database. METHODS: We calculated the crude incidence rate (IR) of HZ treated with systemic antiviral medications in 1987 patients from the REAL database...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408801/effects-of-%C3%AE-d-mannuronic-acid-as-a-novel-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-medication-within-immunosuppressive-properties-on-il17-ror%C3%AE-t-il4-and-gata3-gene-expressions-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Anis Barati, Ahmad Reza Jamshidi, Hossein Ahmadi, Zahra Aghazadeh, Abbas Mirshafiey
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common form of chronic inflammatory arthritis characterized by pain, swelling and destruction of joints, with a resultant disability. Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biological drugs can interfere with the disease process. In this study, the effect of β-d-mannuronic acid (M2000) as a novel non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) with immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory effects together with antioxidant effects was evaluated on IL17, RORγt, IL4 and GATA3 gene expression in 12 RA patients...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408798/an-open-randomized-active-controlled-clinical-trial-with-low-dose-ska-cytokines-versus-dmards-evaluating-low-disease-activity-maintenance-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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L S Martin-Martin, F Giovannangeli, E Bizzi, U Massafra, E Ballanti, M Cassol, A Migliore
BACKGROUND: Biologic agents are currently the strongest immunosuppressive drugs able to induce remission in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). One of the objectives of the medical scientific community now is how to maintain remission or low disease activity (LDA). The aim of this trial is to evaluate the contribution of low-dose sequential kinetic activation (SKA) IL-4, IL-10, and anti-IL-1 antibodies (10 fg/mL) in patients affected by RA in maintaining LDA or remission obtained after biological therapy...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407127/no-clear-association-between-ultrasound-remission-and-health-status-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-in-clinical-remission
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Myrthe van der Ven, T Martijn Kuijper, Andreas H Gerards, Ilja Tchetverikov, Angelique E Weel, Jendé van Zeben, Johanna M Hazes, Jolanda J Luime
Objectives.: Although RA patients achieve clinical remission, risk of flare still exists. Given the association between US synovitis and increased risk of flare, it is of clinical interest whether these patients report a different health status. Therefore, our aim was to evaluate the frequency of US remission in RA patients in clinical remission and to compare the health status of RA patients in clinical remission with those who were also in US remission. Methods: ...
April 11, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405473/patient-reported-outcomes-from-a-phase-iii-study-of-baricitinib-in-patients-with-conventional-synthetic-dmard-refractory-rheumatoid-arthritis
#15
Paul Emery, Ricardo Blanco, Jose Maldonado Cocco, Ying-Chou Chen, Carol L Gaich, Amy M DeLozier, Stephanie de Bono, Jiajun Liu, Terence Rooney, Cecile Hsiao-Chun Chang, Maxime Dougados
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of baricitinib on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and an inadequate response or intolerance to conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. METHODS: In this phase III study, patients were randomised 1:1:1 to placebo (N=228), baricitinib 2 mg once daily (QD, N=229) or baricitinib 4 mg QD (N=227). PROs included the Health Assessment Questionnaire-Disability Index (HAQ-DI), Patient's Global Assessment of Disease Activity (PtGA), patient's assessment of pain, measures from patient electronic daily diaries (duration and severity of morning joint stiffness (MJS), Worst Tiredness, Worst Joint Pain), Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue (FACIT-F), SF-36, EuroQol 5-D index scores and visual analogue scales (VAS) and the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Questionnaire-RA...
2017: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403797/is-the-treatment-with-biological-or-non-biological-dmards-a-modifier-of-periodontal-condition-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#16
Consuelo Romero-Sanchez, Constanza Rodríguez, Pedro Santos, Ana María Mesa, Gloria Inés Lafaurie, Sebastian Giraldo, Juliette De Avila, Diana Marcela Castilla, Michelle Durán, Philippe Chalem, Juan Manuel Bello, Rafael Valle
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Experimental models suggest the use of different therapy protocols in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as modulators on periodontal condition. This study evaluated the effects of conventional drug treatment and anti-TNF therapy in patients with RA on microbiological and periodontal condition, establishing the association of markers of periodontal infection with indexes of rheumatic activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred seventy nine individuals with RA were evaluated (62 with anti-TNF-α and 115 with only DMARDs)...
April 7, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401434/long-term-efficacy-and-safety-of-golimumab-in-the-treatment-of-multirefractory-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
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Antonio Vitale, Giacomo Emmi, Giuseppe Lopalco, Claudia Fabiani, Stefano Gentileschi, Elena Silvestri, Di Scala Gerardo, Florenzo Iannone, Bruno Frediani, Mauro Galeazzi, Giovanni Lapadula, Donato Rigante, Luca Cantarini
Our aim was to retrospectively assess the role of golimumab as a treatment choice in patients with Behçet's disease (BD). Seventeen patients diagnosed with BD according to the international criteria were consecutively enrolled; the BD Current Activity Form (BDCAF) was used to evaluate disease activity. After having collected clinical data from patients, statistical analysis was performed to identify differences between the start of therapy and last visit; significance was defined as p < 0.05. The mean duration of golimumab treatment was 18...
April 11, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399940/baseline-jak-phosphorylation-profile-of-peripheral-blood-leukocytes-studied-by-whole-blood-phosphospecific-flow-cytometry-is-associated-with-1-year-treatment-response-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis
#18
Krista Kuuliala, Antti Kuuliala, Riitta Koivuniemi, Hannu Kautiainen, Heikki Repo, Marjatta Leirisalo-Repo
BACKGROUND: We found recently that baseline signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 phosphorylation in peripheral blood CD4(+) T cells of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with treatment response to synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). This prompted us to study the baseline phosphorylation profiles of Janus kinases (JAKs) in blood leukocytes with respect to treatment response in early RA. METHODS: Thirty-five DMARD-naïve patients with early RA provided blood samples for whole blood flow cytometric determination of phosphorylation of JAKs in CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells, CD19(+) B cells, and CD14(+) monocytes...
April 11, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397468/association-of-serum-interleukin-28b-with-clinical-features-laboratory-values-and-radiographic-score-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Cheng Lv, Qiong-Jie Chang, Feng Zhao, Li-Qi Bi, Ping Li
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-28B (IL-28B) is a member of the interferon lambda family (also known as type III interferons), it has already been studied in many diseases, but it has almost never been studied in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). With this background, we determined the serum levels of IL-28B in RA patients and investigated its clinical significances. METHODS: IL-28B levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in 80 RA patients and 80 healthy controls...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389855/management-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-clinical-practice-using-treat-to-target-strategy-where-do-we-stand-in-the-multi-ethnic-malaysia-population
#20
Bee Eng Tan, Ai Lee Lim, Sow Lai Kan, Chong Hong Lim, Ying Fun Ng, Serene Li Ching Tng, Nur Syakirah Hassin, Losshenee Chandran, Norshahida Abdul Hamid, Yvonne Yin Leng Lee
To evaluate the achievement of treat-to-target (T2T) strategy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and identify factors associated with failed treatment target in a public rheumatology center. A cross-sectional study was conducted from June 2015 to February 2016. RA patients with disease duration greater than 2 years and under T2T for over a year were invited to the study. Demographic, clinical data, disease activity score of 28 joints (DAS28), and clinical disease activity index (CDAI) were collected in a single routine clinic visit...
April 7, 2017: Rheumatology International
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