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RMD Open ; 7(1)2021 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33622673


OBJECTIVE: To analyse the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rheumatic patients' and rheumatologists' usage, preferences and perception of digital health applications (DHAs). METHODS: A web-based national survey was developed by the Working Group Young Rheumatology of the German Society for Rheumatology and the German League against Rheumatism. The prospective survey was distributed via social media (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook), QR code and email. Descriptive statistics were calculated, and regression analyses were performed to show correlations. RESULTS: We analysed the responses of 299 patients and 129 rheumatologists. Most patients (74%) and rheumatologists (76%) believed that DHAs are useful in the management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and felt confident in their own usage thereof (90%; 86%). 38% of patients and 71% of rheumatologists reported that their attitude had changed positively towards DHAs and that their usage had increased due to COVID-19 (29%; 48%). The majority in both groups agreed on implementing virtual visits for follow-up appointments in stable disease conditions. The most reported advantages of DHAs were usage independent of time and place (76.6%; 77.5%). The main barriers were a lack of information on suitable, available DHAs (58.5%; 41.9%), poor usability (42.1% of patients) and a lack of evidence supporting the effectiveness of DHAs (23.2% of rheumatologists). Only a minority (<10% in both groups) believed that digitalisation has a negative impact on the patient-doctor relationship. CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic instigated an increase in patients' and rheumatologists' acceptance and usage of DHAs, possibly introducing a permanent paradigm shift in the management of RMDs.

Lupus ; : 961203320983445, 2021 Jan 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33402036


OBJECTIVE: Despite increased physician's awareness and improved diagnostic and serological testing in the recent years, the interval between the initial symptoms and the diagnosis of Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is still very long. Our aim was to study this delay and its association to the outcome of the disease. METHODS: Information on demographics, onset of first symptoms, first physicians visit and time of diagnosis was assessed by self-reported questionnaires among SLE patients in Germany (LuLa cohort, n = 585) in the year 2012. Disease activity (Systemic Lupus Activity Questionnaire; SLAQ), disease related damage (Brief Index of Lupus Damage; BILD), health related quality of life (Short Form 12) and fatigue (FSS) were chosen as proxies for outcome. Linear regression analysis was used to analyze the association of the delay in diagnosis to the outcome, adjusted for age, disease duration and sex. RESULTS: Mean duration between the onset of symptoms and the diagnosis of SLE was 47 months (SD 73). The longer the time to diagnosis, the higher the disease activity (ß = 0.199, p < 0.0001), the disease-related damage (ß = 0.137, p = 0.002) and fatigue (ß 0.145, p = 0.003) and the lower the health-related quality of life (physical ß = -0.136, p = 0.004, mental ß = -0.143, p = 0.004). CONCLUSION: In systemic lupus erythematosus, longer time to diagnosis was associated with worse outcome. Concepts in care with the intention to shorten the time to diagnosis are needed to improve the long-term outcome of the disease.

Rheumatology (Oxford) ; 59(Supplement_5): v63-v68, 2020 Dec 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33280017


A few decades ago, the therapy goal of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) was survival and the prevention of organ failure. Today, clinical remission and low disease activity are believed to be the optimal therapeutic targets. These aims are difficult to reach for many patients, but they still do not address the health-related quality of life (QoL) that is significantly impaired in SLE patients. Even in the state of remission, QoL and fatigue are insufficient controlled. Thus, patient-oriented research is essential to design new strategies for the management of lupus patients. The INTEGRATE project analyses the patients' and physicians' perspectives to pave the way to design an innovative therapeutic strategy for lupus and focuses on the multifaceted dimensions of the disease burden. Shared decision making (SDM) could include the patient's perspective of SLE to treatment strategy and consider QoL and the burden of lupus into the process of therapy decision.

Neuropharmacology ; 143: 327-338, 2018 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30219501


Histaminergic (HA) neurons located in the tuberomamillary nucleus (TMN) of the posterior hypothalamus fire exclusively during waking and support many physiological functions. We investigated the role of the endovanilloid N-oleoyldopamine (OLDA) in TMN, where dopamine synthesis and its conjugation with oleic acid likely occur. We show that several known targets of OLDA including TRPV1 and cannabinoid receptors are expressed in HA neurons. In contrast to capsaicin, which failed to increase firing of HA neurons in TRPV1 knockout mice (TRPVI KO), OLDA was still able to induce excitation. This excitation was not sensitive to the blockade of cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 and could result from OLDA interaction with GPR119, as the ligand of GPR119, oleoylethanolamide (OEA), also increased the firing of HA neurons. However, we ruled out this possibility as OEA- (but not OLDA-) excitation was abolished by the PPAR (peroxisome proliferator activated receptor) alpha antagonist MK886. The dopamine uptake blocker nomifensine blanked OLDA-excitation and dopamine receptor antagonists abolished the OLDA action in TRPV1 KO mice. Therefore OLDA excites HA neurons through multiple targets suggesting a central role of the histaminergic system in the behavioral stimulation seen after systemic OLDA application.

Dopamina/análogos & derivados , Histamina/metabolismo , Região Hipotalâmica Lateral/efeitos dos fármacos , Neurônios/efeitos dos fármacos , Neurotransmissores/farmacologia , Animais , Dopamina/farmacologia , Região Hipotalâmica Lateral/citologia , Região Hipotalâmica Lateral/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Região Hipotalâmica Lateral/metabolismo , Potenciais da Membrana/efeitos dos fármacos , Potenciais da Membrana/fisiologia , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Transgênicos , Neurônios/citologia , Neurônios/metabolismo , Técnicas de Patch-Clamp , Canais de Cátion TRPV/genética , Canais de Cátion TRPV/metabolismo , Técnicas de Cultura de Tecidos
Cell Mol Neurobiol ; 34(6): 777-89, 2014 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24798513


Breathing and vigilance are regulated by pH and CO2 levels in the central nervous system. The hypocretin/orexin (Hcrt/Orx)- and histamine (HA)-containing hypothalamic neurons synergistically control different aspects of the waking state. Acidification inhibits firing of most neurons but these two groups in the caudal hypothalamus are excited by hypercapnia and protons, similar to the chemosensory neurons in the brain stem. Activation of hypothalamic wake-on neurons in response to hypercapnia, seen with the c-Fos assay, is supported by patch-clamp recordings in rodent brain slices: Hcrt/Orx and HA neurons are excited by acidification in the physiological range (pH from 7.4 to 7.0). Multiple molecular mechanisms mediate wake-promoting effects of protons in HA neurons in the tuberomamillary nucleus (TMN): among them are acid-sensing ion channels, Na(+),K(+)-ATPase, group I metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluRI). HA neurons are remarkably sensitive to the mGluRI agonist DHPG (threshold concentration 0.5 µM) and mGluRI antagonists abolish proton-induced excitation of HA neurons. Hcrt/Orx neurons are excited through block of a potassium conductance and release glutamate with their peptides in TMN. The two hypothalamic nuclei and the serotonergic dorsal raphe cooperate toward CO2/acid-induced arousal. Their interactions and molecular mechanisms of H(+)/CO2-induced activation are relevant for the understanding and treatment of respiratory and metabolic disorders related to sleep-waking such as obstructive sleep apnea and sudden infant death syndrome.

Canais Iônicos Sensíveis a Ácido/metabolismo , Potenciais de Ação/fisiologia , Hipotálamo/metabolismo , Neurônios/metabolismo , Animais , Ácido Glutâmico/metabolismo , Humanos , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intracelular/metabolismo , Neuropeptídeos/metabolismo , Orexinas
Front Syst Neurosci ; 6: 23, 2012.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-22509157


The histaminergic neurons in the tuberomamillary nucleus (TMN) of the posterior hypothalamus are involved in the control of arousal. These neurons are sensitive to hypercapnia as has been shown in experiments examining c-Fos expression, a marker for increased neuronal activity. We investigated the mechanisms through which TMN neurons respond to changes in extracellular levels of acid/CO(2). Recordings in rat brain slices revealed that acidification within the physiological range (pH from 7.4 to 7.0), as well as ammonium chloride (5 mM), excite histaminergic neurons. This excitation is significantly reduced by antagonists of type I metabotropic glutamate receptors and abolished by benzamil, an antagonist of acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) and Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger, or by ouabain which blocks Na(+)/K(+) ATPase. We detected variable combinations of 4 known types of ASICs in single TMN neurons, and observed activation of ASICs in single dissociated TMN neurons only at pH lower than 7.0. Thus, glutamate, which is known to be released by glial cells and orexinergic neurons, amplifies the acid/CO(2)-induced activation of TMN neurons. This amplification demands the coordinated function of metabotropic glutamate receptors, Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger and Na(+)/K(+) ATPase. We also developed a novel HDC-Cre transgenic reporter mouse line in which histaminergic TMN neurons can be visualized. In contrast to the rat, the mouse histaminergic neurons lacked the pH 7.0-induced excitation and displayed only a minimal response to the mGluR I agonist DHPG (0.5 µM). On the other hand, ammonium-induced excitation was similar in mouse and rat. These results are relevant for the understanding of the neuronal mechanisms controlling acid/CO(2)-induced arousal in hepatic encephalopathy and obstructive sleep apnoea. Moreover, the new HDC-Cre mouse model will be a useful tool for studying the physiological and pathophysiological roles of the histaminergic system.