Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis

California Runner Finds Helpful Support Through VF and Brandon Hudgins

Art Diaz, a 49-year-old married father of two, embodies the southern California lifestyle of health and vitality. A native resident of Garden Grove in Orange County, Art works as a retail manager at Skechers, the lifestyle apparel brand headquartered in nearby Manhattan Beach. An avid runner, Art has spent many…...

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VF Young Adults Group Spearheads New Vasculitis Visionaries Podcast Series

As 2020 kicks into full gear, our VF Young Adults community has continued growing and coming up with new ways to build upon a successful 2019. Last November, we were fortunate enough to be honored in Kansas City for our efforts to raise awareness about vasculitis through a video featuring…...

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Rituximab Gains Expanded Approval in Pediatrics

  The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approval of Rituxan® injection (rituximab) to include the treatment of children ≥2 years of age who have granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), in combination with glucocorticoids. Rituximab is a CD20-directed cytolytic monoclonal antibody first approved in 1997 to…...

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Brandon Hudgins Sets His Sights on U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 2020

Most days, professional distance runner Brandon Hudgins wakes up with a burning desire to reach the goals he’s dreamed of since he was 15 years old. But there have been days when the obstacles seemed insurmountable. At one point, in 2013, he quit running entirely and threw his gear in…...

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Balancing School and Vasculitis: Perspectives from Students and Parents

Lori Larson and son, Matt Being a young adult with vasculitis is challenging enough, but trying to navigate through school while managing the illness demands extraordinary skills. We asked a cross-section of young adult patients (and some parents) how they found the balance between health and academics. “One of the…...

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