Learn More
OBJECTIVE To compare the Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3) on a Multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire (MDHAQ) with the Disease Activity Score (DAS28), Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI), and individual core data set measures for correlations, agreement of activity levels, and time to score. METHODS Four rheumatologists(More)
CONTEXT Nonpharmacological treatments with little patient cost or risk are useful supplements to pharmacotherapy in the treatment of patients with chronic illness. Research has demonstrated that writing about emotionally traumatic experiences has a surprisingly beneficial effect on symptom reports, well-being, and health care use in healthy individuals. (More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the presence of anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) of a specific IgG subclass is associated with clinical complications of the antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) and whether polymorphisms of Fc receptors for IgG (FcgammaR) with differential binding preferences contribute to an increased risk of thrombotic complications. (More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy and safety of 1 versus 2 courses of rituximab over 48 weeks in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Adult patients taking methotrexate with a previous inadequate response to > or = 1 tumor necrosis factor inhibitor received 1 course of open-label rituximab (2 x 1000 mg IV) at baseline. From Week 24, patients(More)
The potential use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for inflammatory muscle disorders was evaluated in 13 patients with polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Abnormalities in signal intensity (p = 0.0076) and fat replacement (p = 0.0177) were identified and correlated significantly with clinical disease activity. In addition, MRI was useful in directing(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the daily experience of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in an ecologically valid manner; Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) was employed. Diurnal cycles and within-day variation of self-reported pain and fatigue were examined as were relationships between pain, fatigue, daily stressful events, and sleep. METHODS(More)
Previous research has shown that social support can have a beneficial impact on coping processes and psychological adjustment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The association of individual coping styles and perceived responses from others to one's pain episodes with patients 'distress and disease status over time was investigated. The sample(More)
To investigate outcome and pathophysiology of central nervous system (CNS) systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), we prospectively codified all cases of CNS SLE. Eighty-two events occurred in 71 patients. Four events in four patients were due to infection and were excluded. Twelve events occurred in 11 women with positive antinuclear antibody but negative(More)
We studied the tolerance of humans to rifabutin, a rifamycin with antimycobacterial and in vitro anti-HIV activity. Sixteen subjects with AIDS-related complex were treated for 4-66 weeks with stepwise increasing oral doses of rifabutin from 300 to 2400 mg/day. The highest dose attained was twice that previously reported for humans. Serum and cerebrospinal(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare cortisol levels, diurnal cycles of cortisol, and reactivity of cortisol to psychological stress in fibromyalgia (FM) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in their natural environment, and to examine the effect on results of accounting for differences among the groups in psychological stress and other lifestyle and psychosocial(More)