Increased COVID-19 risk in autoimmune disease, but not more severe

People with autoimmune disease have an increased risk of getting infected with COVID-19, especially if they use steroid medicines. However, the risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19 such as hospitalisation or death is not increased. INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It […]

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Psoriasis is not a risk factor for osteoporosis, unless joints are affected

People with psoriatic arthritis may have low bone mineral density, but the link remains unclear INTRODUCTION Psoriatic arthritis (shortened to PsA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, causing pain and disability. The disease often causes swelling of the fingers and toes. It gets its name from the link between this type […]

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Continuous NSAID offers no benefit over on-demand in ankylosing spondylitis

More evidence is needed to confirm whether continuous NSAID can reduce joint damage in people with ankylosing spondylitis. INTRODUCTION Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease. It mainly involves the joints, but may be associated with other diseases, such as psoriasis (a skin disease), inflammatory bowel disease and uveitis (an inflammation in the eye). These […]

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Ankylosing spondylitis is associated with skin, eye and bowel problems

The risk of developing uveitis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease is increased in patients with ankylosing spondylitis. INTRODUCTION Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects around 0.6% of people in western countries. It mainly involves the spine and large joints, but may be associated with other diseases, such as psoriasis (a skin disease), […]

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Systemic treatments for inflammatory disease may protect against cardiovascular risks such as stroke

Some medicines used to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis might help to protect patients against cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks or stroke. INTRODUCTION Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are chronic inflammatory conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis affect the joints, and psoriasis affects the skin. All three […]

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Heart risks raised for people with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or RA

A link between psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis and a higher chance of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious heart and circulation problems is confirmed in a detailed new study. INTRODUCTION At first glance psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis (arthritis caused by psoriasis), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) don’t seem to have much in common with heart […]

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Possible new drug option for psoriatic arthritis

INTRODUCTION Ustekinumab, a drug used to treat psoriasis, has now shown promising results for people with psoriatic arthritis, including people for whom other treatments haven’t helped. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? Psoriatic arthritis is a long-term condition that causes pain and swelling in some joints, including the spine, and in the soft tissues around the joints, such […]

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Why anti-TNF treatments don’t work the same for everyone

  INTRODUCTION Some people who take treatments called anti-TNF drugs for illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and spondyloarthritides may get less benefit than other people who take the same treatments, because their immune systems stop the drugs working properly. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? Anti-TNF drugs are used to reduce inflammation (for example joint swelling). […]

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