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Information about recent research performed by FORWARD collaborators using FORWARD data.

RA Treatments Work, but Raise Infection Risk

The authors of this study, which was led by Kaleb Michaud, Ph.D., of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, concluded that despite the efficacy of biologic DMARDs…

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Relative Impact of Pain and Fatigue on Work Productivity in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

To explore the relationship of pain and fatigue with daily activity and work productivity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients from the baricitinib clinical trial, RA-BEAM.

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Safety of abatacept compared with other biologic and conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

To assess the risks of malignancies, infections and autoimmune diseases in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with abatacept…

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“We take a long look at the outcomes of these illnesses. This allows us to conduct observational studies that tell us, for example, how well a drug works under real-life circumstances, unlike clinical trials, which tell you only how well a drug can work under idealized circumstances.”

Dr. Fred Wolfe, Founder + Co-Director