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April 2014 Autoimmune News

Activated IL-22 pathway occurs in the muscle tissues of patients with polymyositis or dermatomyositis and is correlated with disease activity. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2014 Mar 5. (Also see Dermatomysitis and Polymyositis)

Neurological adverse events related to lip biopsy in patients suspicious for Sjogren's syndrome (SS). The minimally invasive lip biopsy technique for SS diagnosis induces fewer permanent neurological complications than conventional approaches. PubMed, Rheumatology (Oxford), 2014 Mar 4. (Also see Sjogren's Syndrome)

The diagnosis and classification of undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (UCTD). Criteria for early phases of CTD may offer a valuable guide to the treating physician to set up appropriate follow up schedules as well as therapeutic protocols. PubMed, J Autoimmun, 2014 Feb 8. (Also see Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease)

Depression and pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA): Mediating role of illness perception. Targeting illness perceptions in adults with RA and depression may help reduce pain symptoms. ScienceDirect, The Egyptian Rheumatologist, April 2014. (Also see Rheumatoid Arthritis and Depression)

Decreased flow-mediated dilatation with increased arterial stiffness and thickness as early signs of atherosclerosis in polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM) patients. Flow-mediated dilatation of the brachial artery, arterial stiffness, and carotid artery thickness measurements could be beneficial for predicting the cardiovascular diseases risk in myositis patients. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 2014 Mar 12. (Also see Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis)

In psoriasis, levels of hope and quality of life (QoL) are linked. Hope may play a substantial role in preventing QoL impairment in psoriasis and psychotherapeutic interventions aimed at strengthening hope could improve QoL in this condition. PubMed, Arch Dermatol Res, 2014 Feb 25. (Also see Psoriasis)

The Diagnosis and Pharmacologic Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) in Patients with Psoriasis. Collaboration of dermatologists with rheumatologists in managing psoriasis patients is likely to yield more optimal control of symptoms and improve long-term outcomes. PubMed, Drugs, 2014 Feb 25. (Also see Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis)

Clinical manifestations and survival among adults with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) according to age at diagnosis. Ten-year survival rates were lower among late-onset patients. A lupus manifestation as the cause of death was more common among adult-onset compared with late-onset patients. PubMed, Lupus, 2014 Mar 7. (Also see Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Research)

The enthesopathy of celiac (CD) patients: effects of gluten-free diet (GFD). Enthesopathy is more frequent in untreated CD subjects with positive anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (ATA), as compared to those on GFD and absence of serum ATA. PubMed, Clin Rheumatol, 2014 Feb 25. (Also see Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity)

Celiac disease (CD) and reproductive disorders. Women with CD should therefore be made aware of the potential negative effects of the disease also in terms of reproductive performances, and of the importance of a strict diet to ameliorate their health condition and reproductive health. PubMed, Hum Reprod Update, 2014 Mar 11. (Also see Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity)

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