General Rheumatology

BMI May Mediate Inverse Link Between Fiber Intake, Knee Osteoarthritis

BMI May Mediate Inverse Link Between Fiber Intake, Knee Osteoarthritis

But link between fiber intake and knee osteoarthritis was significant in only 1of 2 studies.

Menopausal Hormone Therapy May Reduce Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Risk

Menopausal Hormone Therapy May Reduce Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Risk

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To investigate the association between hormone therapy and carpal tunnel syndrome risk, researchers conducted a secondary analysis of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) hormone therapy trials.

Subclinical Myocardial Inflammation Common in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Subclinical Myocardial Inflammation Common in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Data show that myocardial inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis is related to disease activity and may contribute to increased risk for heart failure.

Examining the Role of Diet in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Examining the Role of Diet in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Many components of diet have been implicated as possible risk factors for RA, with varying degrees of evidence.

Joint Mobilization Plus Exercise Beneficial for Knee Osteoarthritis

Joint Mobilization Plus Exercise Beneficial for Knee Osteoarthritis

At 24 weeks, improvements seen in pain, function for osteoarthritis patients who did patellar mobilization.

Inflammatory Arthritis and the Gut Microbiome: Do Microbes Hold the Key to New Treatments?

Inflammatory Arthritis and the Gut Microbiome: Do Microbes Hold the Key to New Treatments?

Recent research points to an association between the gut microbiome composition and various types of immune-mediated inflammatory arthritides.

Case Study: White Paste Found After Ankle Aspiration

Case Study: White Paste Found After Ankle Aspiration

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A 53-year-old obese man with a history of diabetes and hypertension presents with migratory bilateral ankle pain that is worse on the left side.

Examining Insurance Complications in the Shared Decision Making Process for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Examining Insurance Complications in the Shared Decision Making Process for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The addition of third-party insurance companies in the shared decision-making process complicated efficiency in terms of participants' decisions as well as timely treatment.

Workplace, Clinical Factors Linked to Employment Outcomes in Axial Spondyloarthritis

Workplace, Clinical Factors Linked to Employment Outcomes in Axial Spondyloarthritis

Data identified both clinical and employment factors that may predict poor work outcomes in patients with axial spondyloarthritis.

Bone Erosions More Frequent With Old Age at Onset of Early RA

Bone Erosions More Frequent With Old Age at Onset of Early RA

Bone erosions more frequent in those older at early RA onset even if they had clinical remission.

Functional Disability Progression More Rapid in Postmenopausal Women With RA

Functional Disability Progression More Rapid in Postmenopausal Women With RA

Functional disability progressed more rapidly in postmenopausal compared with premenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis.

CDC: About 1 in 3 Adults With Prediabetes Has Arthritis

CDC: About 1 in 3 Adults With Prediabetes Has Arthritis

About 1 in 3 adults with prediabetes has arthritis, and half of those with both conditions are physically inactive and/or obese.

Panel Issues Consensus Statement on Management of Gouty Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle

Panel Issues Consensus Statement on Management of Gouty Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle

An expert panel evaluated 23 separate statements related to the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of gout.

Failure to Meet Optimal Urate Levels Increases Mortality Risk in Gout

Failure to Meet Optimal Urate Levels Increases Mortality Risk in Gout

Patients with gout who did not reach a serum uric acid level below 6 mg/dL had a 2.4-fold increased risk for death.

ACR/ARHP 2018: Researchers Debate Hydroxychloroquine Dosing in SLE

ACR/ARHP 2018: Researchers Debate Hydroxychloroquine Dosing in SLE

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Experts at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting discuss whether hydroxychloroquine dosing should be more than 5 mg/kg in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

Gout Outcomes Favorable With Nurse-Led Care

Gout Outcomes Favorable With Nurse-Led Care

In a British study, nurse-led care emphasizing patient education and engagement significantly improved the proportion of gout sufferers who achieved target serum urate levels.

High Burden of Depression, Anxiety Reported Among Adults With Arthritis

High Burden of Depression, Anxiety Reported Among Adults With Arthritis

Data from the CDC show that the prevalence of anxiety and depression is higher among adults with arthritis compared with the general population.

Expanding Healthcare Access With Nurse-Led Care in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Expanding Healthcare Access With Nurse-Led Care in Rheumatoid Arthritis

A recent systematic review found that nurse-led care is effective, acceptable, and safe in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Allopurinol Dose Escalation for Gout Does Not Improve Mortality

Allopurinol Dose Escalation for Gout Does Not Improve Mortality

Linked to small increase in mortality; at 2 years, 31% of dose escalators achieved serum urate goal.

Effects of Pain, Depression, and Insomnia on Health Care Use in Older Adults With Osteoarthritis

Effects of Pain, Depression, and Insomnia on Health Care Use in Older Adults With Osteoarthritis

The combined effects of pain with insomnia and pain with depression increased diverse types of health care use.

Many RA Patients' Pain Related to Central Nervous System

Many RA Patients' Pain Related to Central Nervous System

MRIs show rheumatoid arthritis patients have neurobiologic features observed in fibromyalgia.

Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Association only significant among men and only in seropositive rheumatoid arthritis.

EULAR Releases 2018 Recommendations for the Management of Hand Osteoarthritis

EULAR Releases 2018 Recommendations for the Management of Hand Osteoarthritis

EULAR has released updated guidelines for the management of hand osteoarthritis.

Medicare bundled payments for lower extremity joint replacements results in fewer discharges to post-acute care facilities

Medicare patients randomized to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundle payment model were less likely to be discharged to a post-acute care facility.

Mobile Apps for Rheumatoid Arthritis Require More Comprehensive User Experiences

Mobile Apps for Rheumatoid Arthritis Require More Comprehensive User Experiences

Most mobile apps directed toward individuals with rheumatoid arthritis do not provide a comprehensive experience.

Antirheumatic Medication Management for Orthopedic Surgery: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Antirheumatic Medication Management for Orthopedic Surgery: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

A rheumatologist and orthopedic surgeon provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the perioperative management of antirheumatic medications in patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery.

Elevated Late Mortality Persists After Blood or Marrow Transplant

Elevated Late Mortality Persists After Blood or Marrow Transplant

But in past 3 decades, decrease in late mortality seen among those who underwent BMT in childhood.

EULAR Releases 2018 Guideline on Physical Activity in Inflammatory Arthritis, Osteoarthritis

EULAR Releases 2018 Guideline on Physical Activity in Inflammatory Arthritis, Osteoarthritis

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The European League Against Rheumatism has issued their 2018 recommendations for physical activity in patients with inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Radiofrequency Denervation Efficacious in Treating Thoracic Zygapophyseal Joint Pain

Radiofrequency Denervation Efficacious in Treating Thoracic Zygapophyseal Joint Pain

Radiofrequency denervation, typically used to treat lumbar and cervical zygapophyseal joint pain, has shown efficacy in treating thoracic zygapophyseal joint pain.

Acute Coronary Syndrome Risk Elevated in Siblings of Patients With RA

Acute Coronary Syndrome Risk Elevated in Siblings of Patients With RA

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Siblings of patients with rheumatoid arthritis appear to have an increased risk for acute coronary syndrome, which suggests there is a shared susceptibility between the 2 conditions.

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