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Visfatin levels linked to disease activity in certain patients with myositis

February 12, 2016

Patients with myositis who had positive anti-Jo-1 antibody status had higher serum levels of visfatin linked to higher clinical muscle involvement based on a VAS, according to recently published research.

Researchers studied a group of 38 patients with myositis, 27 with polymyositis (PM) and 11 with dermatomyositis (DM), who were regularly followed at the Institute of Rheumatology in Prague. Longitudinal blood samples were available from 16 patients, and immunohistochemistry was available from 10 patients taken at the time of muscle biopsy. Muscle tissue from five patients with myasthenia gravis were used as noninflammatory control samples and a control group of 35 healthy participants were matched for age and sex.

CMS extends 2015 EHR meaningful use attestation deadline

February 12, 2016
CMS has extended the deadline to attest to meaningful use of electronic health records for 2015, according to an email from the agency.Providers in the Medicare &…

Pfizer announces leadership team for combined company after proposed Allergan merger

February 12, 2016
Pfizer announced in a press release its executive leadership team for the combined Pfizer and Allergan business following the close of the proposed merger of the…

Sandoz attains European rights to biosimilar to infliximab from Pfizer

February 12, 2016
Sandoz, a Novartis company, announced it has acquired the rights to Pfizer’s biosimilar to infliximab to develop and commercialize across the 28 countries…

Senate Health Committee passes Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act of 2015

February 12, 2016
The Senate Health Committee passed the “Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act of 2015” (S. 849)” on Tuesday, which will establish a national…
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