Author Archives: Marta Figueiredo PhD

Smoking Raises Person’s Risk of AAV, Large US Study Suggests

Being a former or current cigarette smoker significantly increases the risk of developing ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), data from a large U.S. study show. This association was particularly  strong in patients with antibodies against myeloperoxidase (MPO). The abstract with the findings, titled “Cigarette Smoking Is a…

Improved Classification Systems Needed for AAV, Study Shows

The autoimmune condition ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) needs improved classification systems that can better predict disease outcomes, a Spanish study says. Disease management should be based more on individual patient characteristics and levels of disease severity than on general classifications or ANCA specificities, the researchers suggest. The study, “…