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 ...

MRI in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Assessing Disease Activity, Remission, Prognosis

MRI allows to show changes to bone and cartilage, and to discriminate these from fluid and soft tissues around the joints, making it a good ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: A Review of Safety Guidelines

Only limited data is available regarding the safety of anti-rheumatic drugs in pregnancy.

Assessing Vaccine Safety for Young People With Rheumatic Disorders

The effect of rheumatic disease on vaccine safety in children was examined.

Rheumatic Manifestations of HCV: New Treatment Options

Patients with HCV are at risk for several extrahepatic sequelae. Find out what they are, and the new treatment options for managing HCV in RA.

OMERACT Assessment Effectively Identifies Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares

Preliminary findings suggest that the OMERACT flare assessment tool is effective for identifying RA flares, with high agreement between providers and patients on flare status.

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Synovial Joint Biopsy Techniques: Arthroscopy vs Ultrasound-Guided Methods

Synovial Joint Biopsy Techniques: Arthroscopy vs Ultrasound-Guided Methods

Data support the integration of ultrasound-guided methods along with arthroscopy into clinical trial protocols requiring sequential joint sampling for subsequent histological and molecular analysis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes: Reducing Cardiovascular Risk

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes: Reducing Cardiovascular Risk

For patients with rheumatoid arthritis, abatacept conferred a greater reduction in CVD risk compared with TNF inihibitors.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Exposure In Utero Increases Chronic Disease Risk in Children

Rheumatoid Arthritis Exposure In Utero Increases Chronic Disease Risk in Children

Maternal RA exposure in utero may increase the risk for certain chronic conditions, including RA, thyroid disease, and epilepsy.

Predicting Loss of Remission in RA Treated With Etanercept-Methotrexate

Predicting Loss of Remission in RA Treated With Etanercept-Methotrexate

Investigators sought to determine which characteristics are predictive of remission induction and subsequent loss of remission in patients with moderately active RA.

Topical vs Oral NSAIDs for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Examining Cardiovascular Risks

Topical vs Oral NSAIDs for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Examining Cardiovascular Risks

Researchers assessed the rates of composite cardiovascular events in people with RA using NSAIDs to treat musculoskeletal pain.

Prognostic Value of Thrombocytopenia in Valve Replacement Surgery for Rheumatic Heart Disease

Prognostic Value of Thrombocytopenia in Valve Replacement Surgery for Rheumatic Heart Disease

Presence of thrombocytopenia at hospital admission may serve as an important prognostic marker for predicting in-hospital mortality for patients with RHD.

Risk for COPD, Asthma Examined in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Risk for COPD, Asthma Examined in Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA-specific factors may predispose individuals to developing COPD independent of smoking.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Disease Activity Low but Stable During Pregnancy

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Disease Activity Low but Stable During Pregnancy

An increase in disease activity 6 weeks postpartum suggests the need for tight follow-up of women with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Leflunomide Exposure During Pregnancy Not Associated With Increased Risk for Adverse Outcomes

Leflunomide Exposure During Pregnancy Not Associated With Increased Risk for Adverse Outcomes

The safety of leflunomide use for rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy was examined in a prospective study.

New Studies Examine Potential Effects of Weight Loss, Obesity on Patient Health in RA

New Studies Examine Potential Effects of Weight Loss, Obesity on Patient Health in RA

Findings from 2 studies examine the role that weight loss, obesity, and overweight play in disease activity, remission, and mortality in RA.

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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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