Rheumatology

FDA warns that febuxostat may increase risk of heart-related mortality

FDA warns that febuxostat may increase risk of heart-related mortality

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Preliminary clinical trial results show more heart-related deaths occur in patients taking febuxostat compared to allopurinol.

USPSTF recommends osteoporosis screening, testing in women aged 65 and older

USPSTF recommends osteoporosis screening, testing in women aged 65 and older

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The USPSTF has updated its recommendations on osteoporosis screening and testing in women and men.

Case Study: Cardiac conditions of rheumatoid arthritis

Case Study: Cardiac conditions of rheumatoid arthritis

A 69-year-old man with no prior medical history presents over the course of several months with new-onset nonspecific joint pain and swelling without evidence of erosions.

Steroid treatment effective for carpal tunnel syndrome

Steroid treatment effective for carpal tunnel syndrome

The researchers found that four weeks after treatment there was significant improvement in Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire scores.

Early antiretroviral therapy initiation linked to bone loss in HIV patients

Early antiretroviral therapy initiation linked to bone loss in HIV patients

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Early antiretroviral therapy initiation may increase the rate of bone loss in HIV patients.

DASH diet associated with lower risk of gout

DASH diet associated with lower risk of gout

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The DASH diet could offer a dietary strategy that may help prevent gout and its comorbidities in high-risk patients with hyperuricemia.

Osteoporotic fracture risk linked to mental disorders and related medication use

Osteoporotic fracture risk linked to mental disorders and related medication use

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Researchers used FRAX scores to examine the association of mental disorders and related medication use with osteoporotic fracture risk in clinical practice.

PAs may help fill rheumatology workforce shortage

PAs may help fill rheumatology workforce shortage

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The gap between supply and demand in the rheumatology workforce is expected to widen substantially by 2030.

FDA approves radiofrequency treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain

FDA approves radiofrequency treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain

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The FDA has cleared Halyard Health's COOLIEF Radiofrequency Treatment for relief of chronic osteoarthritis knee pain.

Rheumatoid arthritis: risk factors, clinical signs, and treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis: risk factors, clinical signs, and treatment

Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment are essential to mitigate the cascading events that lead to irreversible joint erosion in rheumatoid arthritis.

Stroke risk increases after herpes zoster in patients with autoimmune disease

Stroke risk increases after herpes zoster in patients with autoimmune disease

Herpes zoster was linked to an increased stroke risk in first 90 days among patients with an autoimmune disease.

NSAIDs have little effect for spinal pain

NSAIDs have little effect for spinal pain

The researchers estimated that only 1 in 6 patients gained a benefit from taking NSAIDs.

Raynaud phenomenon: a cold-weather condition

Raynaud phenomenon: a cold-weather condition

A thorough work-up can differentiate between primary and secondary forms, mitigating progression of a more severe underlying disease.

Alternative strategies effective for diagnosing gout

Alternative strategies effective for diagnosing gout

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Multidimensional algorithms may help clinicians make a provisional diagnosis of gout.

Functional outcomes in septic arthritis after ultrasonography

Functional outcomes in septic arthritis after ultrasonography

Patients with septic arthritis with poor functional outcome who underwent ultrasonography showed decreased synovial thickness at 3 months.

Benefits of structured rehabilitation program for hand osteoarthritis

Benefits of structured rehabilitation program for hand osteoarthritis

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Patients benefit from non-pharmacological treatment in a structured arthritis rehabilitation program.

Consultation rates for symptoms related to inflammatory arthritis increase prior to diagnosis

Consultation rates for symptoms related to inflammatory arthritis increase prior to diagnosis

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Consultations for musculoskeletal symptoms and infections increase prior to an inflammatory arthritis diagnosis.

Multibiomarker disease activity predicts relapse in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Multibiomarker disease activity predicts relapse in rheumatoid arthritis patients

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Multibiomarker disease activity improved relapse prediction in RA patients who are in remission.

Patient personality may affect treatment adherence in rheumatoid arthritis

Patient personality may affect treatment adherence in rheumatoid arthritis

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Early and aggressive management of RA is urged by investigators.

Age as a determining factor in TNFi discontinuation in rheumatoid arthritis

Age as a determining factor in TNFi discontinuation in rheumatoid arthritis

It is critical to identify disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for elderly patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Ultrasonography used to guide drug modification in arthritis

Ultrasonography used to guide drug modification in arthritis

Researchers found that ultrasonography of selected joints can improve clinical assessment.

Gold may possess anti-inflammatory agents

Gold may possess anti-inflammatory agents

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The use of gold therapy as an anticancer agent appears promising, as does its more common use as a DMARD.

Cannabinoids may provide moderate benefit for rheumatic conditions

Cannabinoids may provide moderate benefit for rheumatic conditions

Researchers found no serious adverse events related to treatment with cannabinoids.

Oral glucocorticoid use increases risk of diabetes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Oral glucocorticoid use increases risk of diabetes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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Glucocorticoid therapy in patients with rheumatoid arthritis has been linked to elevated risk of diabetes.

Probiotics improve clinical, metabolic status in rheumatoid arthritis

Probiotics improve clinical, metabolic status in rheumatoid arthritis

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After 8 weeks, patients with rheumatoid arthritis who took probiotics showed improvements in disease activity and metabolic health.

Pain complexities in rheumatoid arthritis

Pain complexities in rheumatoid arthritis

Nearly 12% of patients in remission from RA still experience clinically significant pain.

FDA approves Inflectra biosimilar for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis

FDA approves Inflectra biosimilar for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis

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The biosimilar has also been approved for Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

In rheumatoid arthritis, radiologic measures underrate ulnar deviation

In rheumatoid arthritis, radiologic measures underrate ulnar deviation

In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, there are disparities between radiologic and goniometric measurements of joint deviation.

Current and emerging medications for psoriasis

Current and emerging medications for psoriasis

A number of therapeutic options exist for patients with psoriasis, including phototherapy and systemic and biologic agents.

Green tea compound shows potential for rheumatoid arthritis

Green tea compound shows potential for rheumatoid arthritis

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A molecule found in green tea may block a protein that causes the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

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