JIA

ACR 2014 Abstracts: Etiology of JIA – The Role of Antibiotics, Smoking and Gluten/Food Allergies

The Poster Hall at this week’s American College of Rheumatology annual meeting was the size of an aircraft carrier. How do you tackle a room like this without getting overwhelmed? I focused on the Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis abstracts and picked out a dozen that were compelling to me.

JIA

ACR 2014: Lessons Learned from Young Adults with Rheumatic Disease

I’ve come to ACR 2014 on a mission. As both an internist and a parent of a child with JIA, I’m focused on learning everything I can about new research on the microbiome, autoimmunity and arthritis. You’ll find me rushing from one scientific session to the next, taking detailed notes and eagerly gleaning wisdom from …

Microbiome

ACR 2014: General Themes from the ACR Basic Research Conference: Emerging Perspectives on the Microbiome in Rheumatic Diseases (Nov 14-15, 2014, Boston, MA)

This was a pre-conference course with leading researchers presenting their cutting edge work on the interplay of the microbiome, immunity and disease. I’m dog tired after sitting and concentrating for hours but I want to jot down some quick thoughts on the general themes that emerged:

Microbiome

What is the Microbiome and Why Should You Care?

The incidence of autoimmune disease is skyrocketing and we don’t understand why. The incidence of type 1 diabetes is doubling every 20 years and that’s too fast for “genetic drift” to be the cause. The answer lies with something in the environment, but what? And how would that environmental trigger cause autoimmune disease, anyway? The …