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Risk of progressing to AS within 10 years is low, study finds

While some people with recent-onset axial spondyloarthritis whose joint damage isn’t visible on an X-ray will progress within 10 years to ankylosing spondylitis (AS), where joint damage becomes evident on an X-ray, the risk is relatively low, a French study found. The risk was about halved in patients on TNF inhibitors, but more…

2-week physical therapy program shows benefits for axSpA patients

A two-week tailored physical therapy program — comprising physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy — led to significant improvements in spinal mobility and function among people with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), a new study shows. Improvements were assessed using an electronic device, called Epionics SPINE (ES), which objectively evaluates spinal…

Gut microbiome may influence sulfasalazine reaction in IBD-SpA

The gut microbiome, the collection of microbes that populate the intestinal tract, could influence the way people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and associated peripheral spondyloarthritis (SpA) respond to sulfasalazine — a medication commonly used to treat IBD that’s also been shown to be effective for SpA. That’s according to…

Add-on Xeljanz controls disease as treatment for non-responding AS

Adding Xeljanz (tofacitinib) to treatment with biologic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) when these medications aren’t working well may help adults with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) keep their disease activity under control, a study suggests. Because the study included only a few patients, “further prospective randomized controlled trials with large…

IBD patients facing greater disease risk for forms of AS: Study

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at significantly higher risk for various forms of spondyloarthritis (SpA), including ankylosing spondylitis (AS), a study found. But the reverse wasn’t true: Having SpA was not linked to an increased risk of developing IBD, according to the new analysis, which used genetic…