Rheumatology

2016/08/19MEDICAL UPDATE

Cancer survival worse in RA patients

Survival was more than 2 years shorter in breast, prostate cancers.  Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) had a 40% to 50% increased mortality risk if they developed breast or prostate cancer, a large, population-based study found.

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2016/01/11MEDICAL UPDATE

X-ray appears unreliable for spotting hip osteoarthritis

by Bruce Sylvester: Researchers report that in most cases hip x-rays are unreliable for diagnosing hip osteoarthritis (OA). The findings appeared on Dec. 8, 2015 in the British Medical Journal.

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2015/07/24MEDICAL UPDATE

New iPad app helps children and young people with JIA communicate their pain experiences

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2015) demonstrated the value of a new interactive iPad app that helps young people with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) describe their pain.

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2015/07/09MEDICAL UPDATE

Tofacitinib effective against vitiligo, the “Michael Jackson disease,” in first patient treated

by Bruce Sylvester: Treatment with tofacitinib, a drug for rheumatoid arthritis, has restored skin color in a patient suffering from vitiligo, researchers reported on June 24 in JAMA Dermatology.

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2015/05/19MEDICAL UPDATE

Men far less likely to prevent, screen for osteoporosis

While the consequences of osteoporosis are worse in men than women - including death - older males are far less likely to take preventive measures against the potentially devastating bone-thinning disease or accept recommendations for screening, according to startling new research by North Shore-LIJ Health System geriatricians.

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2015/05/18MEDICAL UPDATE

Rheumatoid arthritis ups risk of no-warning heart attack

by Bruce Sylvester: Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an increased risk of no-warning heart attack, researchers reported on May 4, 2015 at ICNC 12 (International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT) in Madrid, Spain.

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2015/04/17MEDICAL UPDATE

Paracetamol appears to lack efficacy for lower back pain and osteoarthritis

by Bruce Sylvester: Paracetamol is not effective for treating neck and lower back pain, and it provides only slight relief for osteoarthritis, researchers reported on March 31, 2015 the BMJ/British Medical Journal.

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2015/04/10MEDICAL UPDATE

First blood test for osteoarthritis could soon be available

The first blood test for osteoarthritis could soon be developed, thanks to research by the University of Warwick.  The research findings could potentially lead to patients being tested for osteoarthritis and diagnosed several years before the onset of physical symptoms.

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2014/12/30MEDICAL UPDATE

New insight into risk of ankylosing spondylitis

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered variations in an enzyme belonging to the immune system that leaves individuals susceptible to Ankylosing Spondylitis.

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2014/01/08MEDICAL UPDATE

FDA Highlights: Abatacept shows efficacy for Glomerulosclerosis

by Bruce Sylvester - Abatacept, an FDA-approved treatment of rheumatoid arthritis could become the first targeted therapy for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a condition that usually causes kidney failure, researchers Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston reported online on Nov. 8  in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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