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.

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 …

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: