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Predictors Identified for Myositis-Related Interstitial Lung Disease Mortality

Predictors Identified for Myositis-Related Interstitial Lung Disease Mortality

Researchers identified independent predictors of short-term dermatomyositis- or polymyositis-related interstitial lung disease mortality.

CDASI Predicts Cutaneous Dermatomyositis Disease Course and Progression

CDASI Predicts Cutaneous Dermatomyositis Disease Course and Progression

Tools that can effectively predict course and progression of dermatomyositis can help to identify optimal treatment and ultimately improve quality of life for patients with this rare and debilitating autoimmune disease.

Examining Treatment With Abatacept in Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis

Examining Treatment With Abatacept in Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis

The investigators sought to examine the efficacy and safety of abatacept in patients with DM or PM who were refractory to conventional therapies.

Tacrolimus Decreases Glucocorticoid Use in Refractory Myositis-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease

Tacrolimus Decreases Glucocorticoid Use in Refractory Myositis-Associated Interstitial Lung Disease

Factors associated with favorable treatment responses to conventional therapy and tacrolimus in myositis-associated interstitial lung disease were examined in a retrospective cohort study.

Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy Risk May Increase With Prior Infections and Disease

Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy Risk May Increase With Prior Infections and Disease

Infections and respiratory tract diseases are linked to a greater risk for idiopathic inflammatory myopathy.

Juvenile Dermatomyositis Management Recommendations Established

Juvenile Dermatomyositis Management Recommendations Established

A European committee of pediatric rheumatology experts has provided the first consensus-based recommendations for clinical management of juvenile dermatomyositis.

Polymyositis May Increase Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Polymyositis May Increase Risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

The relationship between PM and ALS could indicate a common pathophysiology.

Increased Incidence of LV Diastolic Dysfunction in PM/DM

Increased Incidence of LV Diastolic Dysfunction in PM/DM

Patients with PM or DM had an increased prevalence of cardiac abnormalities, most commonly left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, compared with healthy controls.

Autoantibodies Prognostic of Dysphagia in Dermatomyositis

Autoantibodies Prognostic of Dysphagia in Dermatomyositis

Recognizing dysphagia is important because it is associated with various clinical features that lead to an impaired quality of life and poor prognosis.

Exercise May Reduce Impairment in Inflammatory Myopathies

Exercise May Reduce Impairment in Inflammatory Myopathies

Five randomized controlled trials including adult patients with polymyositis and dermatomyositis (DM) and additional open studies have demonstrated reduced impairment and activity limitation as well as improved quality of life. Exercise can improve muscle aerobic capacity as shown by increased mitochondrial enzyme activity. These data suggest that intensive aerobic exercise and resistance training could reduce disease activity and inflammation and improve muscle metabolism.

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