Autoimmune Disorders

Current and emerging medications for psoriasis

Current and emerging medications for psoriasis

A number of therapeutic options exist for patients with psoriasis, including phototherapy and systemic and biologic agents.

Markedly elevated serum transaminase levels

Markedly elevated serum transaminase levels

An incidental finding in an asymptomatic woman is followed by rapid deterioration of her condition.

Hepatitis C treatment benefits lupus patients

Hepatitis C treatment benefits lupus patients

Immunosuppressive agents do not increase the risk of HCV flares in anti-HCV-positive lupus patients.

Mercury from seafood may be tied to autoimmune disorders in women

Mercury from seafood may be tied to autoimmune disorders in women

The higher the exposure to mercury, the higher the level of autoantibodies, found the researchers.

Psoriasis: When the 'usual suspect' therapy works

Psoriasis: When the 'usual suspect' therapy works

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Topical corticosteroids and ultraviolet therapies are still proving to be strong competitors in psoriasis treatment.

No link between psoriasis, increased herpes zoster risk

No link between psoriasis, increased herpes zoster risk

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Patients with certain autoimmune diseases have a higher risk for varicella zoster infection, but the rates were not significant among patients with psoriasis.

Bee-venom therapy too risky for treating osteoarthritis, RA inflammation

Bee-venom therapy too risky for treating osteoarthritis, RA inflammation

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The risks of bee-venom therapy outweigh the potential benefits, and clinicians should discourage patients from this therapeutic method.

Solving the mystery 
of rheumatic disease

Solving the mystery 
of rheumatic disease

Selecting appropriate lab tests when evaluating persons with symptoms suggesting a rheumatic condition often requires a bit of detective work.

Dietary adjustments to control Hashimoto disease

Dietary adjustments to control Hashimoto disease

Are there any studies that support eliminating foods like sugar, milk and wheat to improve Hashimoto disease symptoms?

Combo MS therapy fails to cut relapse risk

Combo MS therapy fails to cut relapse risk

Combining interferon beta-1a and glatiramer acetate therapy does not provide added clinical benefit to patients with multiple sclerosis.

White matter integrity may indicate cognitive impairment in MS

White matter integrity may indicate cognitive impairment in MS

Diffusion tension imaging shows differences between cognitively preserved vs. impaired multiple sclerosis.

Retinal thinning may correspond with MS progression

Retinal thinning may correspond with MS progression

Thinning of the ganglion cell/inner plexiform of the retina may be a useful measure of the efficacy of novel MS therapies in future clinical trials.

A collaborative approach to myasthenia gravis

A collaborative approach to myasthenia gravis

This chronic autoimmune disorder is caused by antibodies that block muscle cells from receiving neurotransmitters from the nerve cell.

Vitamin D may protect against MS

Vitamin D may protect against MS

Vitamin D may act as a protective factor for MS somewhere between late pregnancy and young adulthood, but no association for in utero exposure.

Alemtuzumab reduces MS relapses

Alemtuzumab reduces MS relapses

Two phase 3 studies show benefit with alemtuzumab as first-line therapy and for both nonrefractory and refractory MS.

Disease activity despite interferon predicts poor MS outcomes

Disease activity despite interferon predicts poor MS outcomes

In relapsing-remitting MS, disease activity after treatment with interferon (IFN)β-1a linked to poor long-term outcomes.

FDA places restrictions on oral MS drug

FDA places restrictions on oral MS drug

The FDA has added new contraindications to fingolimod's label, and more detailed recommendations for monitoring patients after dosing.

FDA cautions against combining HCV and HIV drugs

Taking the hepatitis C drug boceprevir concomitantly with ritonavir-boosted HIV protease inhibitors can reduce the effectiveness of these medications.

Lupus and the autoimmune process in 2012

Lupus and the autoimmune process in 2012

Thanks to new prevention strategies and safer treatments, patients are surviving almost as long as their counterparts without lupus.

Rose hips prized for high vitamin C content, antiinflammatory properties

Rose hips prized for high vitamin C content, antiinflammatory properties

Rose hips are a mild, pleasant supplement that are safe for routine use. Providers may recommend this product as adjunctive therapy for a wide range of conditions or as a routine preventive regimen.

Settlement reached in malpractice case involving physician's death

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A doctor with Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome was mistakenly administered insulin by a nurse who neglected to read a note in his medical history specifying the patient could not receive the drug.

Discoid lupus erythematosus laboratory follow-up

How often should blood tests be repeated to rule out systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a patient positive for discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)?

Diagnosis and management of celiac disease in adults

Diagnosis and management of celiac disease in adults

As this condition becomes more prevalent in primary care, clinicians need to emphasize the importance of lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet.

Vitamin D deficiency may hasten autoimmune lung disease

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Vitamin D supplements may be a cheap, natural treatment for patients with autoimmune lung diseases.

Rare autoimmune disorder stumps PCPs

Child presented with sore throat, rash and fever, but had an unusual response to antibiotics when treated for strep throat.

Pre-exposure chemoprophylaxis reduces HIV incidence in MSM

Postexposure HIV prophylaxis has been recommended for men who have sex with men, but the window to start treatment is short and evidence for its efficacy is limited.

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