When a woman with rheumatic disease is pregnant, she may experience many symptoms--some from her underlying disease and some from pregnancy itself. Which of these symptoms signal increased risk for preterm delivery?

Nathaniel Harris, MD, PhD, an intern in the Duke internal medicine residency program, spent his third year of medical school, also at Duke, plumbing the DAP registry for insights into this question.

For women who take hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to control rheumatic disease, research has shown that it’s best for mother and baby to continue the medicine during pregnancy. But should the dose be maintained, decreased, or increased? Stephen Balevic, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and medicine (Rheumatology and Immunology), set out to investigate this question using data from the Duke Autoimmunity in Pregnancy registry. 

Megan Clowse, MD, MPH, is excited about a new development in the Duke Lupus Clinic that has opened up new ways of understanding, treating, and talking about lupus.

In her clinic, Megan Clowse, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine (Rheumatology and Immunology), helps patients with rheumatic disease safely navigate pregnancy while managing their disease. In her research, she gathers and analyzes data about the best pregnancy planning and management practices. She’s also working to educate providers and patients on a larger scale.

“I’m trying to figure out how everyone can get state-of-the-art care from their local rheumatologist in order to have healthy pregnancies,” she says. “My mission is that all women with rheumatic disease can have the families they want.”

School of Medicine Office for Faculty Development has announced the next class in its ALICE program, a leadership development opportunity for mid-career women faculty in the School of Medicine. Five participants in the next class are from the Department of Medicine.

Duke University’s Health Data Sciences Center has assembled a clinical faculty leadership team and will be renamed Duke Forge.

The PDC is pleased to announce that 25 PDC Member

Medicine Grand Rounds on Fri., August 17 at 8am in Duke Hospital room 2002 will feature 

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