New Way to Report Response in RA Clinical Trials?

Untangling a possible replacement for the “familiar” ACR 20 describing treatment response in clinical trials for Rheumatoid Arthritis Special thanks to Jay Sprinkel for assistance with this post. Although he may be more known for the humor he provides to our Facebook group, Jay is a retired marine biologist who specializes in statistics. He is also...Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

ACR REF Rheum Research & Courage That Won’t Back Down

“Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out… I won’t back down.” We just got back from Miami from the ACR Research Education Foundation (REF) RA Investigators’ Meeting where important research topics were discussed such as Lung disease of RA – our 2nd leading cause of death Rheumatoid heart disease research Porphyromonas gingivalis and the pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis On...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

ACR’s Research Education Foundation Investigators’ Meeting

REF RA researchers focus on progress The American College of Rheumatology’s Research Education Foundation has gathered over 50 researchers from across the U.S. to present their data from the Within Our Reach RA studies. They’ll be brainstorming ways to collaborate in finding a cure for RA. The meeting will feature a wide range of RA research topics that...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

New Rheumatoid Arthritis Remission Criteria

One of the most fascinating things at ACR last November was the multi-presentation session on the last day focusing on creating Rheumatoid Arthritis remission criteria. We literally sat on the edge of our seats and took notes about the assorted characterizations of RA remission that have been used concurrently over the last couple of decades,...Continue reading      17 Comments » Read more

American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting 2010

What’s the American College of Rheumatology? The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is an organization of doctors wanting to learn the latest research in rheumatology or who contribute to that research. The better rheumatologists around the world attend the ACR’s annual Scientific Meeting or are members of ACR. (Because of expense and busy practice, many members attend...Continue reading      29 Comments » Read more

Video: Thoughts from American College of Rheumatology (ACR) 2010

Patient with a Press Pass! Wow! What an incredible week it was! After I post this greeting, I'll be packing up to get to the airport. I promise I'll tell you lots more as quickly as I can type it out. I don't know how I'll decide what to write about first! Right now, I'm still marveling at...Continue reading      36 Comments » Read more

American College of Rheumatology’s “I Need My Rheumatologist Call-in Day”

American College of Rheumatology Organizes a Unique Patient-Physician Call-In Day This week, I’m in Atlanta attending the American College of Rheumatology’s annual scientific sessions. In the coming days, I’ll report on what I’m learning here about what new treatments are coming and new research on rheumatological diseases. However, today, I’m passing on a message that the...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

What Does World Arthritis Day Have to Do with RA?

Over the past week, there have been a few Tweets on Twitter about World Arthritis Day. The Arthritis Foundation posted them asking RA’ers to “join in.” It raised this question: Is World Arthritis Day about RA?  “ACR is participating in World Arthritis Day” Last week, I was on the website for the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)...Continue reading      58 Comments » Read more

New Criteria for Rheumatoid Arthritis

New criteria for studying Rheumatoid Arthritis Last October at their convention, the American College of Rheumatology unveiled the revised criteria for classification of Rheumatoid Arthritis (for more detail on how the point system works, please click that link). This month, in coordination with the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), they have announced that the new guidelines have...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis News: Actemra Approved

New medicine for unresponsive Rheumatoid Arthritis in the news Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Actemra (Tocilizumab) to treat severe RA in patients who did not respond to TNF blocking medicines like Enbrel and Humira and other disease modifying drugs DMARDs. Associated Press reports: Hal Barron, chief medical officer for Genentech, a division...Continue reading      42 Comments » Read more

3 Reasons to Stop Saying “Complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis”

Why “complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis” is an irritating phrase As I read news articles and journal abstracts on Rheumatoid Arthritis almost every day, I am annoyed at the use of the phrase “complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis.” Rheumatoid Arthritis is a complicated autoimmune disease which can attack almost any part or system of the human body. Scientists...Continue reading      22 Comments » Read more

American College of Rheumatology Redefines Rheumatoid Arthritis, Part 3

Will the enthusiasm of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients be short-lived? Reactions have varied to the new diagnosis guidelines which the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released this week for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Is it good news for RA'ers? People who have Rheumatoid Arthritis often feel such a need for change that any news is good news. But I...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

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