Arthritis

Does Cold Weather Affect Arthritis and Joint Pain?

Does Cold Weather Affect Arthritis and Joint Pain?

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Sometimes distinguishing between medical myth and fact is difficult. Recent studies on cold weather and joint pain paint a murky picture.

Multiple Factors to Consider When Selecting NSAIDs for Arthritis

Multiple Factors to Consider When Selecting NSAIDs for Arthritis

Factors to be considered when choosing the correct NSAID for arthritis include effectiveness, concurrent health conditions, and frequency of use.

Risk Factors for Oral Methotrexate Failure Identified in Inflammatory Polyarthritis

Risk Factors for Oral Methotrexate Failure Identified in Inflammatory Polyarthritis

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Investigators sought to evaluate the rate and predictors of oral methotrexate failure.

Characterization of Rheumatic Disorders Associated With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Use

Characterization of Rheumatic Disorders Associated With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Use

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A prospective, observational study sought to evaluate and characterize the nature of rheumatic disorders associated with immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Pregnancy in Inflammatory Arthritis: What Your Patients Need to Know

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.

Gout Flares May Be Reduced With Febuxostat

Gout Flares May Be Reduced With Febuxostat

A recent clinical trial has shown promising results that the drug febuxostat is effective at reducing gout flares in adults with early gout.

Reactivation Rate of Hepatitis B in Inflammatory Arthritis Tx With DMARDs

Reactivation Rate of Hepatitis B in Inflammatory Arthritis Tx With DMARDs

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HBV reactivation rates were lower among all chronic HBV infection patients on antiviral prophylaxis, regardless of whether they were receiving TNF inhibitors.

Ozone Effective for Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

Ozone Effective for Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

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In patients with knee OA, intra-articular ozone may provide pain relief, functional improvement, and gains of QoL.

Psoriatic Arthritis, Cardiovascular Health Improved With Etanercept Therapy

Psoriatic Arthritis, Cardiovascular Health Improved With Etanercept Therapy

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The researchers noted that the small changes in lipid profile do not account for the cardiovascular benefits seen in patients taking etanercept.

Modified Exercise Improves Physical Function in Knee Osteoarthritis

Modified Exercise Improves Physical Function in Knee Osteoarthritis

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Patients in the intervention group saw improvements in WOMAC and 6MWT scores after participating in adapted exercise programs.

Diagnosing Pediatric Lyme Arthritis

Diagnosing Pediatric Lyme Arthritis

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Children are some of the most susceptible to Lyme disease. In many children, joint inflammation may be the first symptom.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Treatment With TNFIs Linked to Infection Risk

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Treatment With TNFIs Linked to Infection Risk

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Clinicians should consider the risk/benefit of prescribing TNFIs to children with idiopathic arthritis.

Weight Loss Reduces Knee Cartilage Degeneration In Patients at Risk for Osteoarthritis

Weight Loss Reduces Knee Cartilage Degeneration In Patients at Risk for Osteoarthritis

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Weight loss in patients at risk for osteoarthritis helped slow degeneration of knee cartilage over 48 months.

Good Long-Term Outcomes Seen With Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Good Long-Term Outcomes Seen With Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

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Early rheumatoid arthritis treatment leads to improvement in long-term outcomes.

No Association Between Arthritis and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

No Association Between Arthritis and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

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Study examines data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to identify any cross-sectional association between arthritis and cognitive impairment in older adults.

High-dose Steroids Increase Serious Infection Risk in Pregnant Women With Inflammatory Conditions

High-dose Steroids Increase Serious Infection Risk in Pregnant Women With Inflammatory Conditions

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An observational cohort study of 4961 women with completed pregnancies and a recorded diagnosis of systemic inflammatory conditions.

Arthritis Disability Up 20% Since 2002, Says CDC Report

Arthritis Disability Up 20% Since 2002, Says CDC Report

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One in four adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with arthritis.

The Handoff: Your Week in Rheumatology News - 2/24/17

The Handoff: Your Week in Rheumatology News - 2/24/17

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Juvenile idiopathic arthritis highlights this week's edition, plus other news in the world of rheumatic disease.

Why Are CVD-Preventive Rx Infrequently Initiated in IJD When Indicated?

Why Are CVD-Preventive Rx Infrequently Initiated in IJD When Indicated?

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CVD-preventive medication is often indicated, but infrequently prescribed and started patients with inflammatory joint disease.

The Impact of Obesity on Arthritis Outcomes

The Impact of Obesity on Arthritis Outcomes

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Obesity may affect risk of developing osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and it has been linked with increased disease activity and adverse clinical outcomes.

Nonorgan-Specific Antibodies in Thyroid Disease, Autoimmune Disorders

Nonorgan-Specific Antibodies in Thyroid Disease, Autoimmune Disorders

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In a 2-phase study of patients with autoimmune thyroid disease, researchers identified specific antibodies that may have lead to an elevated risk of autoimmune disorder development.

Shift Towards Prescribing Alternative Biologics for JIA

Shift Towards Prescribing Alternative Biologics for JIA

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Researchers have noted a prescribing shift towards the use of alternative biologics that they believe is mostly driven by disease subtype and history of chronic anterior uveitis.

Role of Allied Health Professionals in Postop Arthritis Management

Role of Allied Health Professionals in Postop Arthritis Management

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Michael M. Alexiades, MD, met with Rheumatology Advisor to discuss the surgical management of inflammatory arthritides.

Predictors of Remission in New-Onset Inflammatory Polyarthritis

Predictors of Remission in New-Onset Inflammatory Polyarthritis

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An analysis of patients with IP in the Norfolk Arthritis Register found that predictors for a lower likelihood of remission included female sex, baseline higher tender joint count or disability, depression, obesity, and hypertension.

Does bDMARD Exposure Change Mortality Risk in Septic RA Patients?

Does bDMARD Exposure Change Mortality Risk in Septic RA Patients?

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In the first study simultaneously evaluating sepsis and sepsis-related mortality in RA patients with serious infection, researchers found that any bDMARD exposure significantly lowered mortality rates.

What is Association Between Preterm Delivery and JIA Development?

What is Association Between Preterm Delivery and JIA Development?

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While no association was found between previously reported risk factors of JIA, including exposure to smoking, infection early in life, or lack of breastfeeding, an association was found between JIA and premature birth.

Increased Number of Suicide Attempts in Patients With Arthritis

Increased Number of Suicide Attempts in Patients With Arthritis

The findings could have important clinical implications in the treatment of patients with arthritis.

Diverse Presentations of Rheumatic Immune-Related Adverse Events With ICIs

Diverse Presentations of Rheumatic Immune-Related Adverse Events With ICIs

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A large case series examined the rates of immune-related adverse events with the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors for the treatment of cancer.

Improving Early Diagnosis of Paraneoplastic Rheumatic Diseases to Improve Outcomes

Improving Early Diagnosis of Paraneoplastic Rheumatic Diseases to Improve Outcomes

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The most effective therapy for paraneoplastic rheumatic disease is the timely detection and treatment of the underlying malignancy.

Reactive Arthritis Attributed to <i>E. Coli, Enterococcus Faecalis</i> GU Infection

Reactive Arthritis Attributed to E. Coli, Enterococcus Faecalis GU Infection

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While Chlamydia trachomatis is the most reported genitourinary pathogen causing ReA, other bacteria including E. coli and Enterococcus faecalis have been implicated in the pathogenesis of ReA.

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