Fully vaccinated people with systemic rheumatic diseases have less severe COVID outcomes

Breakthrough COVID-19 had lower hospitalisation and mortality in vaccinated patients INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020. COVID-19 has forced people to change their behaviours to try to limit […]

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People with dactylitis have more severe psoriatic arthritis

Dactylitis is linked to increased disease burden in psoriatic arthritis, and might be a useful sign to identify people at risk. INTRODUCTION Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes redness and scaling. Many people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis (often shortened to PsA). In psoriatic arthritis, the disease causes pain and swelling […]

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Early bDMARD treatment in psoriasis may prevent progression to PsA

bDMARDs may delay or reduce the risk of PsA in people with moderate-to-severe chronic plaque psoriasis. INTRODUCTION Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes redness and scaling. Many people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis (often shortened to PsA). In psoriatic arthritis, the disease causes pain and swelling in people’s joints, resulting in […]

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First study to show inflammatory arthritis can affect male fertility

Men diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis before and during the peak of reproductive age have lower fertility. INTRODUCTION Inflammatory arthritis is a group of diseases including spondyloarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. These are chronic inflammatory diseases that affects a person’s joints, and may cause pain and disability. Inflammatory arthritis can affect people before or during […]

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Positive results for tildrakizumab in people with PsA

Tildrakizumab treatment significantly improved several joint and skin manifestations of psoriatic arthritis. 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 of arthritis and […]

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Temporary interruption of face-to-face consultations has no major impact

A short interruption of in-person rheumatology appointments has no major impact on the disease course of axial spondyloarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis. INTRODUCTION COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new type of coronavirus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March […]

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Managing PsA with pharmacological therapies

This is the lay version of the 2019 update of the EULAR recommendations for the management of psoriatic arthritis using pharmacological medicines. The original publication can be downloaded from the EULAR website: www.eular.org. Gossec L, et al. EULAR recommendations for the management of psoriatic arthritis with pharmacological therapies: 2019 update. Ann Rheum Dis 2020;79:700–712. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2020-217159 […]

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TNF inhibitors can be used after JAK inhibitors

People with an insufficient response to adalimumab or upadacitinib achieved better responses after switching to the alternative. Introduction Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, causing pain and disability. Rheumatoid arthritis affects people of all ages, and is more common in women than men. Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis aim to […]

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Risk of joint surgery is increased in people with psoriatic arthritis

Current treatments seem not to have reduced the long-term need for joint surgery in people with psoriatic arthritis. Introduction Psoriatic arthritis (PsA for short) is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting a person’s joints and other parts of the body, including the spine, skin, and tissues joining tendons and ligaments to bones (called entheses). It gets […]

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Quality of life is dependent on treatment of both joint and skin symptoms in PsA

Treating both joint and skin symptoms maximises quality of life for people with psoriatic arthritis. Introduction Psoriatic arthritis (PsA for short) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints and other parts of the body, including the spine, skin, and tissues joining tendons and ligaments to bones (called entheses). It gets its name […]

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