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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 population. Despite the growing recognition of CVD as a common complication of RA, many rheumatologists do not aggressively manage CV risk in patients with rheumatic disease.

Revisiting Juvenile Spondyloarthritis

Although juvenile spondyloarthritis (JSpA) is clinically distinct from adult SpA, the assessment of JSpA is often based on criteria used for adult SpA. The development of new tools such as the Juvenile Arthritis Disease Activity Score (JADAS) and the JSpA Disease Activity Score (JSpAdA), along with efforts to qualify the role of radiographic imaging in the evaluation of JSpA, may lead to better management of these debilitating conditions.

Improving Medication Adherence in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Improving medication adherence is essential to improving outcomes, but this task remains a significant challenge because adherence is a complex behavior mediated by numerous variables, including socioeconomic factors, psychosocial factors, quality of patient–physician relationships, drug regimen, and disease characteristics.

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