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…
Breaking News

Trump issues executive order intended to make health care costs more affordable, transparent

June 24, 2019
President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order Monday afternoon that seeks to make certain health care prices more affordable. Trump said…
In the Journals

Glucocorticoid discontinuation plan recommended for juvenile-onset dermatomyositis

June 24, 2019
A group of international researchers writing in Pediatric Rheumatology have proposed a plan for tapering and discontinuing glucocorticoids in…
Feature

Recent research in migraine include links to omega-3s, fibromyalgia, marijuana, opioids

June 24, 2019
June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, according to the American Migraine Foundation. The condition impacts almost one in five women, one in…
In the JournalsPerspective

Steroid use in polymyalgia, GCA linked to significantly higher infection risk

June 24, 2019
Th use of oral steroids in patients with polymyalgia rheumatica or giant cell arteritis is associated with a significant increase in the risk for…
In the Journals

Naloxone coprescription laws may lead to more than 7-fold increase in dispensing

June 21, 2019
Legally mandating naloxone coprescriptions for patients at high risk for opioid overdose was tied to a 7.75-fold increase in dispensed naloxone…
Meeting News

Bimekizumab improved BASDAI response in ankylosing spondylitis

June 21, 2019
Bimekizumab was associated with improved pain and functionality outcomes compared with placebo in a cohort of patients with ankylosing spondylitis…
Meeting News

ORAL-Shift: Tofacitinib noninferior to combination with methotrexate in RA

June 21, 2019
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with tofacitinib experienced efficacy and safety outcomes comparable to patients treated with tofacitinib…
Feature

Social media opens new avenue to advocacy in rheumatology

June 21, 2019
Political activism is more accessible than ever thanks to the amplification offered by social media, and rheumatologists can use social media —…
Meeting News

RA disease remission linked to reduced risk for CV outcomes

June 20, 2019
Achieving remission in rheumatoid arthritis was associated with an 80% decrease in atherosclerosis incidence, according to findings presented at the…