Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (ARD) is an international peer-reviewed journal committed to promoting the highest standards of scientific exchange and education. It covers all aspects of rheumatology, which includes the spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, arthritic disease, and connective tissue disorders. ARD publishes basic, clinical, and translational scientific research. Concise scientific communication is encouraged and peer-reviewed proceedings of international meetings are featured. ARD is the official journal of EULAR. * The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. The content of this podcast does not constitute medical advice and it is not intended to function as a substitute for a healthcare practitioner’s judgement, patient care or treatment. The views expressed by contributors are those of the speakers. BMJ does not endorse any views or recommendations discussed or expressed on this podcast. Listeners should also be aware that professionals in the field may have different opinions. By listening to this podcast, listeners agree not to use its content as the basis for their own medical treatment or for the medical treatment of others.
Innate Lymphoid Cells link TGFb and fibrotic pathways in systemic sclerosis skin
In this podcast, Dr. Truchetet discusses her work on the role of innate lymphoid cells in the fibrotic processes in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. The group of Dr. Truchetet found that ILC2 are crucial mediators of skin fibrosis in SSc and that combined treatment of patients with TGFb inhibitors and IL-10 might be an attractive new therapeutic approach in SSc.
Read the full paper on the ARD website: https://ard.bmj.com/content/80/12/1594
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Immunogenicity of anti-SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccines in patients with rheumatic diseases
In this podcast, we invite two authors from recent ARD papers dedicated to the efficacy of mRNA vaccines in patients with immunosuppressive therapies.
Christophe Richez, Department of Rheumatology, University Medical Center, Bordeaux, France, and ARD's Social Media Advisor, interviews Bimba Hoyer, Department for Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein Campus Kiel, Germany, and Rebecca H Haberman, Division of Rheumatology, University Grossman School of Medicine, New York, USA. They describe their works and offer their thoughts on the current situation in this area and the future.
The EULAR COVID-19 database and its insights into risk factors
The EULAR COVID-19 database and the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance work together on shared collected data to address the most pertinent questions in regard to risks for people with rheumatic diseases and COVID-19 infection. The latest study confirms already known risk factors for more severe disease and explores associations between treatments and the risk of death.
In this podcast, ARD’s social media editor, Dr Paul Studenic, is joined by Prof. Pedro Machado, from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, London, UK, to discuss the paper “Factors associated with COVID-19-related death in people with rheumatic diseases: results from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance physician-reported registry” (http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/annrheumdis-2020-219498).
Predictors of disease worsening in systemic sclerosis
Capturing disease progression in SSc is challenging. Becker and colleagues addressed this problem by identifying predictors of disease worsening in the EUSTAR cohort. ARD's social media advisor Dr. Caroline Ospelt talks to Dr. Mike Becker about the results of this analysis.
Read the paper: ard.bmj.com/content/78/9/1242
Treating Cytokine Storm Syndrome in COVID-19 patients with glucocorticoids and tocilizumab
In this podcast, Dr. Paul Studenic speaks to Dr. Sofia Ramiro and Prof. Robert Landewé both engaged in clinical work in the Zuyderland Medical Center in the south of the Netherlands about their clinical study evaluating systemic glucocorticoids and Il-6 blockade as second-line treatment for COVID-19-associated cytokine storm syndrome. They tell the story of the set-up of a peculiar trial using historical patients treated with supportive care as controls to the ‘experimental’ treatment strategy during these unprecedented times of March and April 2020.
Link to article: https://ard.bmj.com/content/79/9/1143
Link to EULAR press release: https://www.eular.org/sysModules/obxContent/files/www.eular.2015/1_42291DEB-50E5-49AE-5726D0FAAA83A7D4/eular_glucocorticoids_and_il_6_receptor_can_reduce_covid19_css_related_hospital_mortality_(002).pdf
The dose dependent effect of statins on osteoporosis
Statins are some of the most commonly prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs. They act by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, the main enzyme in the synthesis of cholesterol. Earlier studies have shown that statins have an osteoprotective effect: a recently published paper has shown that there is a dose-dependent relationship between different kinds of statins with diagnosis of osteoporosis. "We could find an underrepresentation of osteoporosis in low-dose and an overrepresentation in high-dose statin treatment," says first author Dr. Michael Leutner, MSc PhD (Department of Internal Medicine 3, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Medical University of Vienna), who discusses the details of his study with Dr. Paul Studenic in this podcast.
Read the paper: https://ard.bmj.com/content/78/12/1706