In the Journals

This feature offers timely executive summaries of the most relevant journals in rheumatology. Through peer “Perspectives,” full bibliographical information and links to the original journal abstract, In the Journals are a step wider and deeper than journal reviews health care professionals may be accustomed.

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Mental distress highly prevalent among adults with arthritis in Appalachia, southern US

January 16, 2020
Frequent mental distress is commonly reported among adults with arthritis across all 50 states and Washington, D.C., with the highest prevalence…
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SSc-related digital ulcers linked to worse disease burden, worse QoL, excess costs

January 16, 2020
Patients with digital ulcers related to systemic sclerosis experience worse disease burden, worse quality of life and an excess annual cost of AUD…
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Biologics' net prices decrease with biosimilar competition

January 15, 2020
The net prices of four biologics — filgrastim, pegfilgrastim, infliximab and insulin glargine — all decreased in the face of competition…
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Smoking, greater disease activity leading predictors of muscle density declines in RA

January 15, 2020
Declines in muscle density among patients with rheumatoid arthritis are linked to greater disease activity, smoking and low insulin-like growth…
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Majority of employed patients with scleroderma report unmet workplace needs

January 14, 2020
Approximately 61% of patients with systemic sclerosis who are employed report unmet workplace support needs, and more than 80% identified extended…
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Hospital culture, cost pressures influence divergent anti-TNF prescribing decisions in RA

January 14, 2020
Factors that impact TNF inhibitor prescribing decisions for patients with rheumatoid arthritis can range from cost pressures, to the pharmaceutical…
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SGLT2 inhibitors may lower gout risk

January 13, 2020
Among patients with type 2 diabetes, using SGLT2 inhibitors may lower the risk for gout compared with other antidiabetic medications, according to…
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TULIP-2: Anifrolumab meets BICLA endpoint, confers higher skin response rates in SLE

January 13, 2020
Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus had a higher rate of British Isles Lupus Assessment Group-based Composite Lupus Assessment, or BICLA…
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Tibial cartilage loss universal among older adults, exacerbated by age, higher BMI

January 13, 2020
Cartilage volume in the tibiofemoral joint decreases at a faster rate with increasing age and higher BMI in both men and women, especially in the…
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ACA may have helped mitigate opioid epidemic

January 10, 2020
The Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was linked to a reduction in opioid overdose deaths, study findings in JAMA Network Open show. …