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Differences among baseline clinical and laboratory characteristics between cases and controls were observed in those with a presence of subcutaneous tophi and higher serum urate levels.
The use of biological DMARDs was similar across countries, but in less wealthy countries, more patients with moderate/high disease activity were not receiving biologics.
The study, which assessed data from the JUVE-BASIS trial, suggests baricitinib significantly reduced both the time to and frequency of flares in patients with JIA when compared with placebo.
“The COVID-19 pandemic causes concern among patients with ARD due to increased risk of infection and heightened isolation from social distancing,” investigators explained.