Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis progression cut in half
Rheumatoid Arthritis Progression Rate HasHalved Since 1990 Editors' RecommendationsAntibodies in InfliximabTreated Patients Bind CTP13Janis Kelly writing in Medscape reported the natural history of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)has changed dramatically since 1990, apparently as a result of advances in RA treatment, suchas the use of biologicals and more aggressive quot;treat to targetquot; al approaches. Theannual progression rates in studies of longterm progression reported after 1990 were lessthan half those reported in the prior 25 years, researchers report in an article publishedin the journal, Rheumatology.
Comment: When I talk with my patients withrheumatoid arthritis I tell them it's actually a good diagnosis to have since the likelihoodof going into remission is quite high.
Rheumatoid Arthritis early ra treatment
Delaying treatment in RA can make a big differenceâ€¦next RA Therapy: Study Supports Early TreatmentWindow Neil Osterweil writing in Medscape Today reporteda study of more than 1200 patients treated with diseasemodifying antirheumatic drugs(DMARDs) suggests that patients started on therapy within a few months of symptom onsetwill have more durable DMARDfree remissions than patients for whom therapy was delayed.The curve of the relationship is nonlinear, indicating the presence of a quot;window of opportunityquot;for ameliorating joint erosion, dampening inflammation, and reducing the need for orthopedicsurgery, report Jessica A. B. van Nies, MD,
from the Department of Rheumatology, LeidenUniversity Medical Center, the Netherlands, and colleagues. The study was published inthe Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Comment: Early treatment means remission.