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Lupus Treatment Shows Positive Results in Phase III Clinical Trial

A new study, published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, describe positive late stage study results for an investigational lupus therapy. The study indicates that belimumab, a monoclonal antibody therapy that targets a component of the immune system, provides considerable benefits to patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a predominately female, chronic inflammatory disease that can affect virtually any organ.

Athletes: Bone Marrow Edema in Lower Spine is Common

New research indicates that young recreational and elite athletes commonly accumulate excess fluid in the bone marrow around the joint that connects the spine with the pelvis.

The Arthritis & Rheumatology findings may help define what amount of fluid detected on imaging tests may be considered 'background noise' in physically active healthy individuals compared with patients who have axial spondyloarthropathy (axial Spa), an inflammatory disease with low back pain as its main symptom.