This is an open-label, prospective study of methotrexate in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) designed to characterize the subset of RA patients that respond best to methotrexate monotherapy. Eligible patients will be adults with RA who are naïve to prior methotrexate or combination disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy. Patients will be started on methotrexate at 15 mg once weekly, with the dose escalated to 20 mg once weekly at 8 weeks for patients not in remission. Patients will be assessed with joint counts and laboratory monitoring at study entry, 8 weeks, and 16 weeks. Primary endpoint will be achievement of...
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory disease which often has debilitating and potentially life-threatening consequences. The cause of SLE is unknown and current therapies lack specificity and carry significant side-effects. We previously discovered the depletion of glutathione in lymphocytes of patients with SLE and associated this metabolic change with the elevation of the mitochondrial transmembrane potential. This study will titrate to tolerance during an initial 3 month open label period and then subjects will be randomized to one of 2 arms. It was determined by statistical analysis that each group must have...
In a randomized controlled clinical trial, investigators will compare the effects on [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography-computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) from two treatment regimens in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients deemed methotrexate inadequate responders (MTX-IRs). Two common RA treatments will be compared: triple therapy (sulfasalazine, methotrexate, and hydroxychloroquine) versus tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor (etanercept or adalimumab, plus background methotrexate for all subjects and hydroxychloroquine for subjects who were taking this at screening).
This two year study will evaluate the effects of giving belimumab (Benlysta) to patients with Early Lupus. Early lupus is a diagnosis of lupus within 2 years. Subjects will be randomized to receive belimumab or placebo during the first year. During the second year, subjects who were randomized to belimumab will be rerandomized to continue to receive belimumab or to receive placebo. The study will look at clinical effects as well as effects on the immune system.
This study is a prospective, randomized trial to compare patient outcomes of unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) and total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for the treatment of medial compartment osteoarthritis.
Given the modest effectiveness of current treatments and the burden chronic neck pain places on Veterans, the investigators' research proposal is significant in several regards. First, Trial Outcomes for Massage: Caregiver-Assisted vs. Therapist-Treated (TOMCATT) Study directly addresses a high priority area for the VA and is well aligned with the VHA Pain Management Strategy and VHA Pain Management Directive 2009-053. Second, because previous massage studies have included relatively small sample sizes, this trial will provide information vital to fill an evidence vacuum regarding effectiveness of a massage treatments for chronic neck pain....
This is a Phase 3 multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study assessing the efficacy and safety of lenabasum for the treatment of dermatomyositis. Approximately 150 subjects will be enrolled in this study at about 60 sites in North America, Europe, and Asia. The planned duration of treatment with study drug is 52 weeks.
Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Abatacept subcutaneous (SC) in Combination With Standard Therapy Compared to Standard Therapy Alone in Improving Disease Activity in Adults With Active Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the Triathlon® PKR Knee System and determine whether or not the success rate of this device is no worse than the reported success rate of similar devices.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate acute tear production produced by the intranasal tear neurostimulator in participants with Sjögrens syndrome and aqueous tear deficiency. Our primary goal is to evaluate whether Sjögrens patients respond to this intervention and whether there is a baseline tear production level below which these patients do not respond.