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.

In the Journals

'Little to no benefit' in TNF inhibitor dose reduction for axial spondyloarthritis

April 1, 2020
Reducing TNF-inhibitor treatments for patients with axial spondyloarthritis may produce “little to no” clinical benefit, according to…
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COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance discourages off-label use of hydroxychloroquine

March 31, 2020
An international group of more than a dozen rheumatologists have cosigned an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine discouraging the…
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Certain medical devices with FDA priority review have higher recall rates

March 31, 2020
High-risk, or class 3, medical devices that underwent FDA priority review had higher recall rates and less time on the market before serious recalls…
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Sprifermin increases cartilage thickness, reduces loss in knee OA

March 31, 2020
Sprifermin increased cartilage thickness and reduced cartilage loss among patients with knee OA, according to data published in the Annals of the
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Asthma, COPD linked with increased risk for RA in women

March 30, 2020
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are each associated with an increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis, independent of smoking and…
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New hypertension threshold linked to 73% higher risk for vascular events in lupus

March 26, 2020
A 2-year, sustained mean blood pressure of 130-139/80-89 mm Hg — now considered the threshold for stage 1 hypertension by the American College…
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Neither first nor second biologic beneficial for many with JIA

March 25, 2020
Many patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis see little benefit from treatment with their first or second biologic, according to data published…
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Lower breast cancer risk in RA unexplained by hormonal risk factors

March 24, 2020
Although the risk for breast cancer is reduced among patients with rheumatoid arthritis, there is evidence of an equally pronounced risk reduction…
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Greater cumulative glucocorticoids dose confers risk for hypertension

March 23, 2020
High cumulative use of oral glucocorticoids was associated with excess incidence of hypertension, according to research published in the Canadian
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Abortion does not worsen rheumatic disease outcomes

March 23, 2020
Neither elective nor medically indicated abortions resulted in worse outcomes among patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases, according to data…