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Hospital for special surgery physician-scientists share advances in rheumatology research
Date:11/5/2011

Hospital for Special Surgery physician-scientists who focus on arthritis, lupus, vasculitis and related conditions are traveling from New York City to Chicago this week to share their recent findings at the 75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Special Surgery investigators will present advances that should influence the future of clinical care. Of the meeting's highlights, results from the nine-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study led by Jane Salmon, M.D., senior author, rheumatologist and Collette Kean Research Professor at Hospital for Special Surgery, found a favorable prognosis for pregnancy outcomes in women with lupus. The study's results will be presented on Monday, Nov. 7 and at an ACR press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 8:30am CT.

"We have demonstrated that with diligent care and counseling, successful pregnancy can be a reality for women faced with lupus," says Dr. Salmon. "Historically, doctors have cautioned against becoming pregnant, but with the medical insights we have learned from our research, these women have reason for new hope."

Additional significant topics presented by HSS experts include socioeconomic factors that influence patients' appointment compliance at a specialized lupus clinic, one-year results following a cardiovascular prevention program in lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome patients, expectations for rheumatoid arthritis patients following total knee replacement, use of anti-TNF medications before patients undergo total knee replacement, and the link between mental health and inflammatory flares in Wegener's granulomatosis disease.

"The goal for the physicians at Hospital for Special Surgery's Division of Rheumatology is to better understand disease so that we can better care for patients," explained Physician-in-Chief Mary K. Crow, M.D. "We hope to take the knowledge we gain at the laboratory bench and apply what we learn to p
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Contact: Phyllis Fisher
phyllis.fisher@gmail.com
212-606-1197
Hospital for Special Surgery
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