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Dermatomyositis is one of a group of muscle diseases known as the inflammatory myopathies, which are characterized by chronic muscle inflammation accompanied by muscle weakness.Dermatomyositis’ cardinal symptom is a skin rash that precedes or accompanies progressive muscle weakness. The rash looks patchy, with bluish-purple or red discolorations, and characteristically develops on the eyelids and on muscles used to extend or straighten joints, including knuckles, elbows, heels, and toes. Red rashes may also occur on the face, neck, shoulders, upper chest, back, and other locations, and there may be swelling in the affected areas. The rash sometimes occurs without obvious muscle involvement. Adults with dermatomyositis may experience weight loss or a low-grade fever, have inflamed lungs, and be sensitive to light. Children and adults with dermatomyositis may develop calcium deposits, which appear as hard bumps under the skin or in the muscle (called calcinosis). Calcinosis most often occurs 1-3 years after the disease begins. These deposits are seen more often in children with dermatomyositis than in adults. In some cases of dermatomyositis, distal muscles (muscles located away from the trunk of the body, such as those in the forearms and around the ankles and wrists) may be affected as the disease progresses. Dermatomyositis may be associated with collagen-vascular or autoimmune diseases, such as lupus.
Anti-TNF therapy offers new hope to JDM patients

Anti-TNF therapy offers new hope to JDM patients

The results of a UK study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (anti-TNF) treatment is effective at improving both muscle and skin involvement in children with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). [More]
African-American patients with connective tissue diseases at risk for cardiovascular disease

African-American patients with connective tissue diseases at risk for cardiovascular disease

A study based on medical records from more than a quarter million adult patients found that African-American patients with connective tissue diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis were twice as likely as white patients to suffer from narrowed or atherosclerotic blood vessels, which increase the risk of a heart attack, stroke or death. [More]
Idera begins enrollment in IMO-8400 Phase 2 clinical trial for treatment of dermatomyositis

Idera begins enrollment in IMO-8400 Phase 2 clinical trial for treatment of dermatomyositis

Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing Toll-like receptor (TLR) and RNA therapeutics for patients with cancer and rare diseases, today announced that the company has commenced enrollment in a Phase 2 clinical trial of IMO-8400, an investigational TLR 7, 8 and 9 antagonist, in patients with dermatomyositis. Dermatomyositis is a rare and debilitating inflammatory muscle and skin disease associated with significant morbidity, decreased quality of life and an increased risk of premature death. [More]
Clinical study data on Mallinckrodt's H.P. Acthar Gel to be presented at ACR 2015

Clinical study data on Mallinckrodt's H.P. Acthar Gel to be presented at ACR 2015

Mallinckrodt plc, a leading specialty biopharmaceutical company, today announced that data from a pilot study for its H.P. Acthar Gel (repository corticotropin injection) will be presented at the American College of Rheumatology 2015 Annual Meeting to be held November 7-11 in San Francisco. [More]

Former all-American wrestler speaks about his personal battle with chronic muscle disease

In 2009, Mike Powell was where he'd always wanted to be. A former all-American wrestler himself, he'd returned to his Chicago-area high school to become the toughest wrestling coach around, inspiring young athletes with a brutal mix of love and punishing workouts. [More]
Researchers identify link between autoimmune diseases, medications and Long QT syndrome

Researchers identify link between autoimmune diseases, medications and Long QT syndrome

Mohamed Boutjdir, PhD, professor of medicine, cell biology, and physiology and pharmacology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, has led a study with international collaborators identifying the mechanism by which patients with various autoimmune and connective tissue disorders may be at risk for life-threatening cardiac events if they take certain anti-histamine or anti-depressant medications. [More]
Idera collaborates with TMA to advance new potential treatment approach for myositis

Idera collaborates with TMA to advance new potential treatment approach for myositis

Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing nucleic acid therapeutics for patients with cancer and rare diseases, and The Myositis Association (TMA), the only nonprofit organization dedicated to solely serving all patients with inflammatory myopathies, today announced a collaboration to advance a new potential treatment approach for polymyositis and dermatomyositis known as Toll-like receptor (TLR) antagonism. [More]
Baylor receives $3.3M grant from NIAMS to advance research in autoimmune diseases

Baylor receives $3.3M grant from NIAMS to advance research in autoimmune diseases

Baylor Research Institute has received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), one of the National Institutes of Health, to fund its Autoimmunity Center of Excellence. [More]
Idera Pharmaceuticals reports positive top-line results from Phase 2 trial of IMO-8400

Idera Pharmaceuticals reports positive top-line results from Phase 2 trial of IMO-8400

Idera Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced positive top-line data from its randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled Phase 2 trial of IMO-8400 in 32 patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. [More]
Researchers create specific tests to detect cancer biomarkers in patients with dermatomyositis

Researchers create specific tests to detect cancer biomarkers in patients with dermatomyositis

Researchers from major universities in the U.S. have developed specific tests to identify cancer biomarkers in patients with dermatomyositis-a systemic inflammatory disease associated with increased risk of malignancy. [More]

Questcor acquires rights to develop Synacthen and Synacthen Depot in US

Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced it has acquired rights to develop Synacthen and Synacthen Depot in the U.S. from Novartis Pharma AG and Novartis AG. [More]
Age at onset influences juvenile dermatomyositis course

Age at onset influences juvenile dermatomyositis course

Children diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis at age 3 years or earlier have milder symptoms than patients with later onset, research suggests. [More]
Questcor second quarter net sales increase to $112.5 million

Questcor second quarter net sales increase to $112.5 million

Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today reported financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2012. [More]
Intravenous immune globulin effective treatment for GBS, CIDP

Intravenous immune globulin effective treatment for GBS, CIDP

Intravenous immune globulin (IVIg) is an effective treatment for certain disorders of the nerve and muscles, including Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and a form of neuropathy called chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), according to a guideline issued by the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
Questcor fourth quarter net sales increase to $75.5 million

Questcor fourth quarter net sales increase to $75.5 million

Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011. [More]
Most autoimmune diseases associated with increased risk of blood clots on the lung

Most autoimmune diseases associated with increased risk of blood clots on the lung

Autoimmune diseases, in which the immune system attacks the body, are fairly common. Thyroid diseases, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease are some examples. Autoimmune diseases are associated with increased inflammation in the tissue, which in some cases is linked to an increased propensity to develop clots in the veins. [More]
Positive results from etanercept pilot study against dermatomyositis

Positive results from etanercept pilot study against dermatomyositis

A multicenter pilot study of etanercept for treatment of dermatomyositis found no major safety concerns and many patients treated with the drug were successfully weaned from steroid therapy. [More]
Amylin's metreleptin clinical study data on partial lipodystrophy presented at ENDO 2011

Amylin's metreleptin clinical study data on partial lipodystrophy presented at ENDO 2011

Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced results from a study that showed treatment with metreleptin, an investigational treatment that is an analog of the human hormone leptin, improved diabetes and lipid control in patients with partial lipodystrophy. [More]
VYTORIN reduces major vascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease

VYTORIN reduces major vascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease

In a new investigational study of VYTORIN, the cholesterol-lowering medicine from Merck, VYTORIN 10/20 mg reduced the incidence of first major vascular events defined as non-fatal heart attacks or cardiac death, stroke or any revascularization procedure by a highly statistically significant 16.1 percent compared to placebo, Study of Heart and Renal Protection study involved more than 9,000 patients who, on average, had advanced or end-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) [More]
Questcor's H.P. Acthar Gel sNDA for infantile spasms receives FDA approval

Questcor's H.P. Acthar Gel sNDA for infantile spasms receives FDA approval

Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Questcor's supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection) in the treatment of infantile spasms (IS), an ultra-rare orphan disorder affecting approximately 2,000 American children annually. IS is a devastating and potentially life-threatening form of epilepsy seen in infancy and early childhood. [More]
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