VF in the News

From Five Contacts to 80 Today: VF Expands Area Contact Program

Shannon Morgan, VF Patient Coordinator   By Ed Becker The growth of the Vasculitis Foundation’s Area Contact Program tells you why it’s such an important part of the organization’s patient support services. Approximately 30 years ago, the Vasculitis Foundation created an international network of volunteers to be contacts for patients…...

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Kidney Biopsies Help Predict End-Stage Disease in Older ANCA-Associated Vasculitis Patients

by Iqra Mumal A kidney biopsy is valuable in establishing a diagnosis and prognosis for end-stage renal disease in older patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis who have kidney involvement, although they are not useful for predicting overall survival, a study shows. “Prognosis and Histological Classification in Elderly Patients with ANCA-Glomerulonephritis: A…...

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Vaccines Can Provide Myriad Benefits for People With Vasculitis

Once your immune system is trained to resist a disease, you are said to be immune to it. Before vaccines, the only way to become immune to a disease was to actually get it and, with luck, survive it. This is called naturally acquired immunity. With naturally acquired immunity, you…...

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TAPIR Trial Recruiting Patients Who Take Rituximab

The Assessment of Prednisone in Remission (TAPIR) Trial has recently expanded its eligibility criteria to enroll patients that have recently taken or are currently taking Rituximab. What we are studying: The TAPIR trial is a clinical trial for patients who have granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA, also known as Wegener’s granulomatosis)…...

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How to Balance School and Vasculitis: Perspectives from Students and Parents

Lori Larson and son, Matt Larson by Ed Becker 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…...

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