Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection not an Effective Treatment for Achilles Tendinopathy

Injections of platelet-rich plasma are becoming increasingly applied in clinical practice for a number of indications, yet little high-quality systematic study of efficacy has been conducted.  Platelets are a source of growth factors involved in tissue repair, supporting their application in injuries and wound healing.  Here, de Vos et al (JAMA 2010; 303(2): 144) report […]

FDA Approves Tocilizumab for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

On January 8, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved tocilizumab (to be marketed under the trade name of Actemra) for the treatment of patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis who have had inadequate clinical responses to treatment with TNF inhibitors.  Tocilizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody directed against the receptor for IL-6, […]

High Disease Activity During Pregnancy Associated with Lower Birth Weight

Rheumatoid arthritis disease activity tends to improve during pregnancy, even when disease modifying agents are stopped.  However, a minority of women with rheumatoid arthritis will continue to have active disease during pregnancy, and may require additional immunosuppression.  Prior studies have yielded conflicting reports on the influence of active disease during pregnancy.  Here, de Man et […]