Patients With Rheumatic Diseases Need to Be Monitored for HBV Reactivation

Clinicians need to monitor reactivation of the hepatitis B virus in patients with rheumatic diseases by testing for elevation of liver enzymes and HBV DNA ...

Temporary Methotrexate Discontinuation in RA: Ensuring Vaccination Immunogenicity

Rheumatologists should coordinate with the patient's primary care provider to facilitate an effective and comprehensive vaccination schedule.

Expert Q&A: Effects of Collaborative Care Models on Patient Satisfaction in Rheumatoid Arthritis

John M. Davis III, MD, MS, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Jennifer Gorman, MD, MPH, from The Polyclinic in Seattle, Washington, discuss ...

Chikungunya Virus: What Every Rheumatologist Should Know

Chikungunya virus has become a disease of global concern due to its potentially disabling consequences and its efficient transmission.

Pregnancy in Rheumatic Disease: Managing Potentially Teratogenic Medications

Petros Efthimiou, MD, a rheumatologist at NYU Langone Health, discusses how clinicians should approach prescribing potentially teratogenic drugs in pregnancy.

Comparing Tumor Necrosis Factor Inhibitors for RA and SpA: Overview & Expert Interview

They similarities and differences of anti-TNF drug function in RA and SpA are discussed in an expert interview.

Choosing the Right TNF Inhibitor Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are important differences in TNFis for specific clinical conditions that recent research has made more apparent.

Improving Function Through Exercise in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although recent pharmacologic advances have improved disease progression and prognosis in RA, a number of patients experience joint stiffness.

Pregnancy in Inflammatory Arthritis: What Your Patients Need to Know

Megan Clowse, MD, MPH, discusses 2 studies that examine reproductive health concerns in women with inflammatory rheumatic diseases.

Infection in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Antigen-Specific Immunotherapy

Continued research is needed to guide a clearer understanding of the role infectious agents, anticitrullinated protein antibodies, and antinative protein antibodies play in rheumatoid arthritis ...

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DPP-4 Inhibitors and Incidence of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Type 2 Diabetes

DPP-4 Inhibitors and Incidence of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Type 2 Diabetes

Investigators sought to determine whether the use of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors is associated with the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis.

Flu Vaccine Cuts Mortality in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Flu Vaccine Cuts Mortality in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Patients with RA, particularly elderly patients, who receive the influenza vaccine have significantly lower morbidity and mortality.

Novel Visual Scoring Method Detects Cortical Interruptions in RA With HR-pQCT

Novel Visual Scoring Method Detects Cortical Interruptions in RA With HR-pQCT

The scoring method allows detection of small cortical interruptions on HR-pQCT imaging of finger joints.

Continuing, Switching TNFi After Serious Infection Reduces Likelihood of Recurrent Infection

Continuing, Switching TNFi After Serious Infection Reduces Likelihood of Recurrent Infection

Patients who continued or switched their TNF inhibitor after a serious infection had a lower risk for recurrent infection compared with those who stopped the drug.

Poor Prognostic Factors in Rheumatoid Arthritis May Not Affect Treatment Choices, Outcomes

Poor Prognostic Factors in Rheumatoid Arthritis May Not Affect Treatment Choices, Outcomes

Researchers sought to characterize patients with rheumatoid arthritis by the number of poor prognostic factors and evaluate treatment acceleration, clinical outcomes, and work status.

Worldwide Access to bDMARDs Influenced by Socioeconomic Status, Prescription Rules

Worldwide Access to bDMARDs Influenced by Socioeconomic Status, Prescription Rules

Disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and access to bDMARD care varies across countries worldwide.

Depression Management Needed in Routine Clinical Practice for Working-Age Adults With RA

Depression Management Needed in Routine Clinical Practice for Working-Age Adults With RA

Depression screening and management should be incorporated into routine clinical care of patients with RA to reduce pain and functional limitations, improve quality of life, and lower healthcare costs.

TNFi Discontinuation During Pregnancy Linked to Postpartum Inflammatory Disease Flares

TNFi Discontinuation During Pregnancy Linked to Postpartum Inflammatory Disease Flares

Researchers observed a higher peri- and postpartum flare rate in mothers who discontinued TNFi during the first trimester.

Predictors of Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in Patients With Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

Predictors of Influenza Vaccine Acceptance in Patients With Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases

A direct recommendation from physicians had the greatest effect on patients' positive vaccination status.

PROMIS Effective for Physical, Mental Health Assessment in DMARD-Treated Rheumatoid Arthritis

PROMIS Effective for Physical, Mental Health Assessment in DMARD-Treated Rheumatoid Arthritis

PROMIS measures can detect changes in symptoms of global health, pain, sleep, fatigue, and emotional health in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are initiating DMARD therapy.

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Alcohol Use: Surveying Effects on the Body's Major Systems

Alcohol Use: Surveying Effects on the Body's Major Systems

The effects of alcohol on the body's systems are examined here, with both damaging and potentially protective effects being explored. ...

Ten Unusually Specific ICD-10 Codes

Ten Unusually Specific ICD-10 Codes

With nearly 70,000 ICD-10 diagnosis codes available to clinicians, things are bound to get interesting.

Role of Vitamin D in Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis

Role of Vitamin D in Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis

Increasing evidence indicates serum vitamin D levels and polymorphisms in enzymes involved in vitamin D metabolism can affect the risk ...

Mitigating Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Mitigating Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD-related mortality compared with the general ...

Examining Patient-Reported Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Examining Patient-Reported Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Validation of a patient-report outcome instrument as an effective independent tool for measuring disease activity and treatment response may one ...

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