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BACKGROUND A substantial number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis have an inadequate or unsustained response to tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) inhibitors. We conducted a randomized, double-blind, phase 3 trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of abatacept, a selective costimulation modulator, in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis and(More)
OBJECTIVE T cells are involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In animal models of autoimmune diseases, blockade of costimulatory molecules on antigen-presenting cells has been demonstrated to be effective in preventing or treating this disease by preventing T cell activation. To date, the effect of costimulatory blockade in patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of abatacept during 2 years of the ATTAIN (Abatacept Trial in Treatment of Anti-TNF INadequate responders) trial in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS Patients completing the 6-month, double-blind period were eligible to enter the long-term extension; patients received abatacept approximately 10(More)
OBJECTIVE (1) To review the diagnoses after 10 years in patients who were identified within 12 months of the onset of well established and undifferentiated connective tissue diseases (CTD). (2) To examine the death rates and disease remissions in these patients. METHODS This inception cohort of 410 patients had less than one year of signs and/or symptoms(More)
One hundred eighty-nine patients with rheumatoid arthritis were entered into a prospective, controlled, double-blind multicenter trial comparing placebo and methotrexate (MTX). One hundred ten patients completed 18 weeks of therapy. No remissions were seen, but patients able to tolerate low-dose pulse MTX therapy were significantly improved, compared with(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether sulfasalazine (SSZ) at a dosage of 2,000 mg/day is effective for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis (PsA) resistant to nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug therapy. METHODS Two hundred twenty-one patients with PsA were recruited from 15 clinics, randomized (double-blind) to SSZ or placebo treatment, and followed up(More)
OBJECTIVES Despite advances in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) treatment, many patients suffer from the disease and side effects. Atacicept is a fusion protein that blocks B-lymphocyte stimulator and a proliferation-inducing ligand, which are increased in patients with SLE. METHODS In this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, patients with(More)
The presence of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in the serum is a common finding in various connective tissue disorders, but usefulness of these antibodies in making diagnoses or prognoses is not known. We report the results of a panel of ANA determinations including ANA, anti-dsDNA, Sm, RNP, SSA, SSB, Jo-1, Scl-70 and PM-1 in 410 patients in a 5-year(More)
CONTEXT Hydroxychloroquine, a commonly used antirheumatic medication, has hypoglycemic effects and may reduce the risk of diabetes mellitus. OBJECTIVE To determine the association between hydroxychloroquine use and the incidence of self-reported diabetes in a cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS A prospective,(More)