Privacy and transparency are among the core points to consider when utilizing big data in rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs), according to the first EULAR-endorsed recommendations for use of big datasets in research.
A combination of tocilizumab and methotrexate reduced disease activity at 2 years compared with methotrexate plus prednisone in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an effect not demonstrated with tocilizumab monotherapy.
The selective Janus kinase 1 inhibitor upadacitinib demonstrated sustained efficacy and safety beyond 12 weeks in patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had inadequate response or were refractory to disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), according to the interim results of the ongoing extension phases of SELECT-NEXT* and SELECT-BEYOND** presented at EULAR 2019.
Both inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and type 1 diabetes (T1D) are highly prevalent among patients who eventually develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), indicating that these two conditions are potential risk factors for RA, according to a study presented at EULAR 2019.
Early use of the oral Janus kinase 1/2 inhibitor baricitinib led to enhanced clinical, functional, and radiographic efficacy compared with methotrexate monotherapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to data presented at EULAR 2019.
The anti-interleukin (IL)-23p19 monoclonal antibody tildrakizumab showed better efficacy over placebo, along with a favourable safety profile, in patients with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), according to a phase IIb study presented at EULAR 2019.
Glucocorticoid therapy can be safely tapered while maintaining high treatment success rates in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had achieved disease control on tocilizumab, at the cost of a slight loss of disease control, suggests a randomized study presented at the EULAR 2019 Congress.
Macrolide antibiotics are derived from the Streptomycesspecies. These contain either 14-membered (erythromycin [ERM],clarithromycin [CAM], roxithromycin [RXM]), 15-membered(azithromycin [AZM]) or 16-membered (spiramycin, josamycin,midecamycin) macrocyclic lactone rings. They inhibit proteinsynthesis by reversibly binding to the 23S ribosomal RNA (rRNA)in the 50s subunit of the bacterial ribosome. Traditionally,macrolides are used as first-line agents in respiratory, skin,soft tissue, and urogenital infections, and they are also activeagainst gram-positive cocci and atypical pathogens.
Nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients harbouring sensitive EGFR mutations may fare well with the third-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitor osimertinib as an upfront therapy, with the results of a network meta-analysis showing that the drug tops other currently available options in terms of progression-free survival and tolerability.
Pneumonia is a common infection– affecting around 3,200 people inSingapore in 2016 – making it the thirdmost common cause of hospitalisation inthe country. Its common complications,especially with delayed or inappropriatetreatment, include bacteraemia andseptic shock, lung abscesses, pleuraleffusions, empyema, pleurisy, respiratoryfailure and renal failure.