Forest fires linked to low birth weight in newborns

Forest fires linked to low birth weight in newborns

Women exposed to smoke from landscape fires during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to babies with low or very low birth weights, according to findings published in eLife. The study is the first to report a link between low birth weight and exposure to fire smoke in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), where…

Ultra-low dose rituximab controls disease activity for most rheumatoid arthritis patients in new study

Ultra-low dose rituximab controls disease activity for most rheumatoid arthritis patients in new study

New research presented this week at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that in one study, the majority of rheumatoid arthritis patients on an ultra-low dose of the drug rituximab maintained low disease activity for up to four years, and rarely needed to switch to other biologic drugs or glucocorticoids to…

Virtual exercise effective for people with arthritis and helps them stay socially connected too

Virtual exercise effective for people with arthritis and helps them stay socially connected too

New research presented this week at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, found that a virtual exercise program can be safe for people with musculoskeletal conditions, improved their health outcomes, and helped them feel more socially connected, an important benefit during the pandemic when many people have chosen to avoid in-person exercise…

Study finds cycling JAK inhibitors to be an effective option for patients with difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis

Study finds cycling JAK inhibitors to be an effective option for patients with difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis

New research presented this week at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that people with difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis who do not have success with one Janus kinase inhibitor (JAK inhibitor) can achieve success either cycling to other JAKi medications or switching to a biologic drug. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most…