• A committee from the Europe-based SHARE Initiative has developed recommendations for the clinical management of juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). The recommendations were published in the most recent issue of the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases and provide guidance on diagnosis, treatment, and management of JDM.
  • The American College of Physicians (ACP) has issued updated guidelines for the noninvasive treatment of low back pain. This partial update to the 2007 ACP guidelines is for clinicians who treat adult patients with acute, subacute, or chronic low back pain.
  • A cohort analysis study published in The Journal of Rheumatology found that patients with psoriatic arthritis have a 43% higher risk of developing diabetes mellitus compared with the general population.
  • Christie Bartels, MD, MS, was awarded $100 000 funding over 2 years by the New Investigator Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr Bartels’ proposal will study disparities in healthcare delivery among black women diagnosed with lupus.
  • Gout is a known risk factor in developing cardiovascular disease, but researchers from Spain have suggested that some commonly used cardiovascular risk stratification scores are vastly underestimating the risk for newly diagnosed patients with gout.
  • The Vasculitis Foundation announced that its 2017 International Vasculitis Symposium will be held in Chicago from June 23 to June 25, 2017. Patients, family members, and healthcare professionals are invited to attend, with sessions focusing on specific diseases, fertility, and caregiving. 
  • In the video below, Erika Darrah, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the rheumatology division at Johns Hopkins University, sits down with Vicky Ruffing, RN, RN-BC, director of nursing and patient education at the Johns Hopkins division of rheumatology, as the two discuss barriers to immunization among patients with rheumatic diseases. 

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