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Yearly Archives: 2007

Using Infliximab (Remicade) for the Treatment of Pemphigus Vulgaris

The purpose of this trial is to determine the safety of infliximab for the treatment of patients with pemphigus vulgaris.  Secondary clinical endpoints include the number of days to cessation of new blister formation, the ability to reduce prednisone to

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NMFF: Stem Cell Therapy for Autoimmune Disease

The Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation is conducting a clinical trial on stem cell therapy for autoimmune diseases (Autoimmune Bullous Skin Disorders such as pemphigus and pemphigoid are included). The Division of Immunotherapy is laboratory and clinic based, utilizing methods that

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Treating Pemphigus and Pemphigoid with IVIg

By Michelle Greer, RN, MBAandMichael T. Rigas, PharmDCrescent Healthcare, Inc. “The information provided in this article has been edited by Drs. Jean-Claude Bystryn and Sergei Grando of the IPPF Medical Advisory Baord. There are several companies that provided IVIG at

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Is Pemphigus More Common in Women?

The International Pemphigus & Pemphigoid Foundation and Dr. Sarah Brenner recently conducted a survey on some aspects of pemphigus, in particular the gender distribution of the patients, and the relationship between the disease and the use of sex hormones.

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Is there anything I can do to reduce the price of medication?

The costs of medication are high and many people have trouble paying for them if they don’t have medical insurance. You need to take your medication exactly as your doctor wants you to. Skipping doses or reducing doses on your

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How often should I change bandages?

The area around a wound must be kept clean and reasonably moist. When the dressings are dirty, they need to be replaced promptly. Leaving bandages on too long can slow the healing process and encourage infection. Replace any dressing when

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Will I get sick often while on immunosuppressants?

Reports are that immunosuppressed patients have a higher risk for infection, but the frequency of colds and flu should not be much elevated. Patients should tell the doctor about chicken pox or tuberculosis (active or not as it could reactivate),

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Does prednisone affect my lab test results?

Prednisone may distort lab tests. Allergy tests and tuberculosis tests will be invalid. Pap smears may be misinterpreted as cervical dysplasia. Test results for tuberculosis and cancer may also be affected. Other medications may also interfere with medical test results. If

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Is Clinical Trial Participation Right for You?

While current therapies for some autoimmune diseases may be adequate to keep your disease in balance, advances in biotechnology research may revolutionize the future treatment of these potentially debilitating conditions by more specifically attacking the cause of the autoimmunity. Drug

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What is the drug development process?

Following is a summary of the clinical trial process which we hope you find useful in your journey towards understanding if clinical trial participation is right for you and/or someone you care about. It is our hope that by providing

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