In the Journals

Abatacept, TNF inhibitors similar in 9-year persistence rates in RA

July 2, 2019
Abatacept demonstrated similar 9-year persistence rates as TNF inhibitors when used as a first-line treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, and had…
In the Journals

Physiotherapists only moderately confident in assessing fall risk in OA

July 1, 2019
Physiotherapists reported only moderate confidence in assessing fall risk and providing fall-prevention care for patients with osteoarthritis, and…
In the Journals

Velcro sound detector accurately identifies ILD in rheumatoid arthritis

July 1, 2019
An algorithm designed to detect Velcro crackles in the lungs demonstrated diagnostic accuracy for detecting interstitial lung disease in patients…
In the JournalsPerspective

EULAR: Gout diagnosis should not depend on hyperuricemia alone

July 1, 2019
Physicians should refrain from diagnosing gout based solely on hyperuricemia, according to updated EULAR recommendations published in the Annals of
Feature

Analysis: Trump’s hospital costs transparency executive order faces uphill battle

July 1, 2019
Though some major medical societies applauded President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on June 24 directing HHS to require hospitals…
In the Journals

Risk for opioid overdose mortality higher in Great Lakes, Mountain, South Atlantic regions of US

June 28, 2019
Residents of the United States’ South Atlantic, Mountain and East North Central, or Great Lakes, sections were as much as four times as likely…
In the Journals

Americans have fewer healthy days, more disparity in health outcomes, CDC data show

June 28, 2019
Health equity witnessed a “clear lack of progress” during a recent 25-year period, researchers recently wrote in JAMA Network Open.
Q&A With Healio Rheumatology

'Gout Lies' campaign helps physicians target disease myths

June 28, 2019
There is no shortage of myths and falsehoods regarding gout, and all of them can be easily found and absorbed by any patient with an internet…
In the Journals

Less than 40% of patients with SSc treated with physical therapy

June 27, 2019
An analysis of a large German registry found that 37% of patients with systemic sclerosis receive physical therapy, according to recent findings in…
In the Journals

Traditional laboratory markers may hold low diagnostic utility for PJI in immunosuppressed patients

June 27, 2019
White blood cell counts and inflammatory markers may hold lower diagnostic utility among patients in an immunosuppressed state who experienced…
In the Journals

Metformin reduces risk of knee OA progression in patients with obesity

June 27, 2019
Metformin use was linked to a reduced rate of medial cartilage loss that may, in turn, reduce the risk for total knee replacement among patients with…
In the JournalsPerspective

Opioid prescription common in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

June 26, 2019
Opioid use is highly prevalent among patients with ankylosing spondylitis, ranging from 23.5% in patients with commercial insurance using the ICD…
In the Journals

Survey: Rheumatologists, dermatologists lack consensus on lupus management

June 26, 2019
An online survey of dermatologists and rheumatologists managing patients with systemic lupus erythematosus revealed areas of consensus in laboratory…
In the Journals

‘Easy to follow’ advance directives more likely to be used

June 26, 2019
Both clinicians and patients more often utilized advance directives that were more “readable, understandable, appealing and usable,”…
In the Journals

PCP referral letters for rheumatology care lack basic, key information

June 26, 2019
Basic, key pieces of information, including descriptions of symptoms and relevant history, as well as investigation results, are often lacking from…
In the JournalsPerspective

Nearly half of stem cell clinics lack physicians trained in advertised treatments

June 25, 2019
Among companies who advertise unproven, direct-to-consumer stem cell therapies and employ at least one physician, only about half claimed to treat…
FDA News

FDA issues new warnings for illegally selling kratom-based products

June 25, 2019
The FDA announced today that it issued warning letters to Cali Botanicals of Folsom, California, and Kratom NC of Wilmington, North Carolina, for…
Perspective

AbbVie to acquire Allergan for $63 billion

June 25, 2019
Allergan will be acquired by AbbVie for approximately $63 billion in cash and stock, the two companies announced in a press release. Under a…
In the Journals

Less than half of patients with AS remain on first TNF inhibitor after 5 years

June 25, 2019
Only 46% of patients with ankylosing spondylitis remain on their first TNF inhibitor after 5 years, with one-third ending up with no anti-rheumatic…
In the Journals

Hospital readmissions underreported, higher for Medicare Advantage vs. traditional Medicare

June 24, 2019
Medicare Advantage beneficiaries had higher 30-day readmission rates than traditional Medicare beneficiaries, and these admissions may be…