Category Archives: The Rheuma Muse

The 9 Muses are daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, Greek goddesses personifying the inspiration for the sciences and the arts.
My highly opinionated news-blog draws inspiration from both the science and the art of Rheumatology.

SLE ℞: B-Cell Therapies

Belimumab for SLE: Is Subcutaneous Delivery As Effective as Infusion? As intravenous infusion can pose challenges to patients, the current study sought to evaluate the efficacy of subcutaneous belimumab. ADDRESS II study: Atacicept shows promise for SLE WASHINGTON – The recombinant fusion protein atacicept, which targets B-cell stimulating factors BLyS and APRIL, had a…
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SLE ℞: Corticosteroid

In lupus, optimize non-immunosuppressives to dial back prednisone Don’t go above six milligrams of prednisone daily in patients with mild to moderate SLE, because the treatment is likely to be worse than the disease… In Lupus, Start Low, Stay Low with Steroids Goal is to prevent treatment-related damage
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SLE ℞: Mycophenolate

Mycophenolate puts lupus patients in remission faster than azathioprine WASHINGTON Mycophenolate Mofetil or Intravenous Cyclophosphamide for Lupus Nephritis Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Mycophenolate Mofetil or Intravenous Cyclophosphamide for Lupus Nephritis Mycophenolate Mofetil versus Cyclophosphamide for Induction… Recent studies have suggested that mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) may offer advantages…
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SLE ℞: Hydroxychloroquine

5 Things To Know About Antimalarials for Lupus Here are five things every rheumatologist should… Rheumatologists May be Unaware of New Hydroxychloroquine Retinopathy Monitoring Guidelines Rheumatologists are well-acquainted with the rules for hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) retinopathy screening: A) annual visits to the ophthalmologist and B) maintain HCQ doses at less than 6.5 mg/kg to avoid…
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