Deborah E. Bax

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OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of vertebral fracture in postmenopausal women with steroid treated rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and whether the risk of vertebral fracture could be predicted from measurements of bone mineral density (BMD). METHODS Vertebral deformities were defined from spine radiographs in 76 postmenopausal women with steroid treated(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the possible role of a functional polymorphism in the soluble interleukin 6 receptor (sIL-6R) gene in the genetic background of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS An association between disease status and the sIL-6R rs8192284 (A358D) variant was tested in 965 patients with RA and 988 unrelated healthy controls. Odds ratios (ORs)(More)
OBJECTIVE A recent meta-analysis of published genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in populations of European descent reported novel associations of markers mapping to the CD40, CCL21 and CDK6 genes with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) susceptibility while a large-scale, case-control association study in a Japanese population identified association with(More)
The place of sulphasalazine in the management of rheumatoid arthritis over prolonged periods of time has been compared and contrasted with that of sodium aurothiomalate. One hundred and forty-three patients (59 on sulphasalazine, 84 on sodium aurothiomalate) have been treated for periods of up to 42 months. Sulphasalazine is highly effective for some(More)
The WTCCC study identified 49 SNPs putatively associated with rheumatoid arthritis at P = 1 x 10(-4) - 1 x 10(-5) (tier 3). Here we show that three of these SNPs, mapping to chromosome 10p15 (rs4750316), 12q13 (rs1678542) and 22q13 (rs3218253), are also associated (trend P = 4 x 10(-5), P = 4 x 10(-4) and P = 4 x 10(-4), respectively) in a validation study(More)
Seventy-four patients with rheumatoid arthritis were treated with sulphasalazine. There was a significant improvement in clinical score, with substantial falls in serum C-reactive protein concentrations and erythrocyte sedimentation rate four weeks after starting the drug. Improvement was maintained in the 38 patients who remained on the drug for one year.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the reproducibility, accuracy, and linearity of hand bone mineral content (BMC) measurements, and to evaluate the influence of hand posture; to determine the relationship of hand bone mineral density (BMD) to generalized osteopenia in rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and to determine the relationship between hand BMD and disease severity in(More)
Sulphasalazine is being used increasingly to treat rheumatoid arthritis, though its long term safety profile has not been established in this condition. The incidence and nature of adverse effects occurring in 774 patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with sulphasalazine for periods ranging from one to 11 years were therefore noted. Altogether 205 of(More)
The most consistent finding derived from the WTCCC GWAS for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was association to a SNP at 6q23. We performed a fine-mapping of the region in order to search the 6q23 region for additional disease variants. 3962 RA patients and 3531 healthy controls were included in the study. We found 18 SNPs associated with RA. The SNP showing the(More)
The aim of the study was to assess risedronate’s effect on bone mineral density in postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis receiving glucocorticoids. We carried out a two center, 2 year, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial with a third year of nontreatment follow-up. We studied 120 women requiring long-term glucocorticoid therapy at >2.5 mg/day(More)