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

-chief and chair of the Division of Rheumatology from 1995 to 2010, and today continues to advance delivery of outstanding care to patients and superior education of rheumatology trainees through the hospital's new Rheumatology Education Academy.

Highlights of presentations by Hospital for Special Surgery physician-scientists include:

Most Women with Lupus Can Have Successful Pregnancy Outcomes (1707)

Monday, November 7, 2011: 4:30 PM, W 183 A

ACR Press Conference: Tuesday, November 8 at 8:30AM, Location W 175C

Investigators of the NIH-funded PROMISSE Study (Predictors of pRegnancy Outcome: BioMarkers In antiphospholipid antibody Syndrome and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) evaluated 333 pregnant women with lupus and found that 80 percent of patients had a favorable pregnancy outcome. The findings provide reassurance for patients with stable lupus, who are contemplating pregnancy, and suggest factors that merit caution for the minority of high-risk lupus patients. "Patients enrolled in this study had inactive lupus at the time of conception and during their first trimester, which we believe explains why a large majority of these women had successful and uncomplicated pregnancies," explained Jane Salmon, M.D. "Now that our treatments are more effective and we have a better understanding of the disease, we can identify a window when pregnancy is safe and outcomes are good for mother and fetus. Our findings should change the way patients and physicians view pregnancy in women with lupus."

Life Challenges Prevent Those with Lupus from Keeping Doctors' Appointments (867)

Sunday, November 6, 2011: 4:30 PM; Room W 194 A

Healthcare providers at the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Care observed that many patients failed to keep doctors' appointments, which can lead to less-favorable outcomes in these lupus patients' care. Researchers at the Center examined this patient population, largely homogenous with low socioecono
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