Vijaya Iyer is a freelance science writer for BioNews Services. She has contributed content to their several disease-specific websites, including cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, among others.
She holds a PhD in Microbiology from Kansas State University, where her research focused on molecular biology, bacterial interactions, metabolism, and animal models to study bacterial infections. Following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Iyer went on to complete three postdoctoral fellowships at Kansas State University, University of Miami and Temple University.
She joined BioNews Services to utilize her scientific background and writing skills to help patients and caregivers remain abreast with important scientific breakthroughs.
Nearly one in 10 ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) patients receiving azathioprine as a maintenance treatment for their condition develop hypersensitivity to the therapy, which manifests as whole body inflammation and skin eruptions, ... Read more
Levels of calprotectin in the blood correlate with markers of disease activity and a worsening in kidney function in ANCA-associated vasculitis patients, researchers in Spain report. The study, “Calprotectin as ... Read more
Patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) who receive a minimal glucocorticoid treatment along with Rituxan (rituximab) and cyclophosphamide show similar improvement as those given standard glucocorticoid regimens, but have lower glucocorticoid-associated adverse events, ... Read more
Most patients with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) test positive for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCAs) in sputum samples, even if they show no signs of them in their blood, ... Read more
Patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) who have renal symptoms might benefit from a kidney biopsy along with measurements of ANCA antibodies and kidney function to predict their renal outcomes, a ... Read more