Both disease and life impact are important when assessing PsA

An updated core domain set incorporates patient and physician priorities and evolving PsA research. INTRODUCTION Psoriatic arthritis (sometimes shortened to PsA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects a person’s joints, and sometimes spine and tendons, causing pain and disability. The disease often causes swelling of the fingers and toes. It gets its name from […]

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Ixekizumab: a new treatment option for people with PsA

Ixekizumab treatment resulted in improvements in disease activity and physical function in people with PsA. INTRODUCTION Psoriatic arthritis (often 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 […]

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A quarter of patients do not agree with their doctor about their disease

Disagreement between people with early axial spondyloarthritis and their doctors happens in one-quarter of cases, and can affect how people are treated. INTRODUCTION Spondyloarthritis is an umbrella term for several conditions that share many of the same features and symptoms, including ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and reactive arthritis. Patients can also be classified as having […]

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New cut-offs for the DAPSA may aid disease activity scoring

The DAPSA is a disease-specific, validated and feasible tool for the assessment of psoriatic arthritis. INTRODUCTION Psoriatic arthritis 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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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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Psoriatic arthritis more common than thought

There may be more people with a painful condition called psoriatic arthritis than previously thought, a study shows. INTRODUCTION Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that causes painful joints. It is linked to a skin condition called psoriasis, which causes a red, shiny rash. Both conditions are caused by inflammation. Any joints in your body can be affected by […]

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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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Benefits of anti-TNF for psoriatic arthritis prompts early treatment questions

Medicines called anti-TNF drugs can help stop the joint damage caused by psoriatic arthritis from getting worse, according to new research. Doctors think that if people take these medicines soon enough after they are told they have psoriatic arthritis, it could help prevent damage to joints. WHAT DO WE KNOW ALREADY? Psoriatic arthritis is a […]

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