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May 2016 Autoimmune News

Illness Experiences in Women with Oral Dryness as a Result of Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS): The Patient Point of View. Xerostomia and other consequences of pSS can have a profound influence on daily life, however, the severity of the consequences depends on individual experiences with the illness, social influences and the psychological responses of the patient. Wiley Online Library, 04/06/2016. (Also see Sjögren's Syndrome)

Isokinetic Assessment of the Wrist Muscles in Females With Fibromyalgia (FMS). Patients with FMS had decreased muscle strength compared to healthy controls. Archives of Rheumatology, 04/09/2016. (Also see Fibromyalgia)

A new window of opportunity in rheumatoid arthritis: targeting at-risk individuals. The prospective study of at–risk individuals can provide invaluable aetiological insights as well as facilitating accurate risk prediction data and in this way, high–risk individuals may be identified for preventive interventions. PubMed, Curr Opin Rheumatol, 2016 May;28(3):260-6. (Also see Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Comorbidity in rheumatoid arthritis. As a part of strategies to improve further the management of patients with RA, multidisciplinary collaboration for prevention and early detection of comorbidities is of major importance. PubMed, Swiss Med Wkly, 2016 Apr 5;146:w14290. (Also see Rheumatoid Arthritis in Overlap)

Respiratory manifestations of anca-associated vasculitis (AAV). Pulmonary manifestations of AAV were common, however only a small proportion of patients had had thorough respiratory investigations, suggesting that the pulmonary manifestations of AAV may be under–diagnosed. Wiley Online Library, 04/08/2016. (Also see Vasculitis)

Vitamin D, disease activity and comorbidities in early spondyloarthritis. In early axial spondyloarthritis vitamin D deficiency was associated with higher disease activity and severity and presence of metabolic syndrome. PubMed, Clin Exp Rheumatol, 04/05/2016. (Also see Ankylosing Spondylitis and Vitamin D)

Checkpoints for Autoreactive B Cells in Peripheral Blood of Lupus Patients Assessed By Flow Cytometry. This assay will enable studies to identify potential genetic or environmental factors affecting B cell tolerance checkpoints in health and disease and permit monitoring of the B cell response to therapeutic interventions. Wiley Online Library, 04/08/2016. (Also see B Cells and T Cells)

Cognitive Dysfunction in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): a Review of Recent Evidence. The development of a brief neurocognitive battery specifically tailored to CFS and adoption by the international research community would be beneficial in establishing a profile of cognitive dysfunction. PubMed, Curr Rheumatol Rep, 2016 May;18(5):24. (Also see Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

New therapies for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Secukinumab, an interleukin–17A antibody, has been approved for treatment of psoriasis and PsA in the United States. PubMed, Curr Opin Rheumatol, 2016 May;28(3):204-10. (Also see Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis)

Treatment needs and current options for postmenopausal osteoporosis. The more recent advances in bone biology identified new targets for the development of drugs with a more potent and selective activity on either osteoclasts or osteoblasts. PubMed, Expert Opin Pharmacother, 04/07/2016. (Also see Osteoporosis)

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