News

Birmingham Score Predicts Risk for Heart Disease-related Deaths in AAV Patients, According to Study

Increases in the Birmingham Vasculitis Activity Score (BVAS) may work as an independent risk predictor for cardiovascular  disease (CVD)-related deaths in ANCA-associated vasculitis, a single-center study from China found. The study, “The BVAS is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events and cardiovascular disease-related mortality in patients with…

Physicians Report Need for Consensus Treatment Guidelines for Children with AAV

Doctors involved in treating children with antineutrophil cytpolasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) have revealed the unmet need for evidence-based treatment guidelines that improve the management and outcomes of their patients, a new international survey revealed. The study, “Clinical practice variation and need for pediatric-specific treatment guidelines among rheumatologists…

Research Collaboration in Rare Diseases Is Key to Improving Lives of Patients, Analysis Finds

International collaboration on research into rare diseases like antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis is fundamental to improving the health and lives of patients, a new study suggests. The review, titled “The importance of international collaboration for rare diseases research: a European perspective,” was published in the journal…

Rituxan May Increase Risk for Severe Infections in AAV Patients, Retrospective Study Suggests

In patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV), Rituxan (rituximab) may lead to general decrease in antibody levels, increasing their risk for infections, finds a single-center retrospective study. The study, “Immunoglobulin levels and infection risk with rituximab induction for anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis,” appeared in…

Rituxan Maintenance Therapy Reduces Relapse Rates in EGPA Patients, Study Finds

Patients with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA, or Churg-Strauss syndrome) who receive scheduled Rituxan (rituximab) therapy have lower relapse rates than those who are given Rituxan only during a relapse, a new study shows. The study titled, “Scheduled rituximab maintenance reduces relapse rate in eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis,” was…