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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‘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,”…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Frailty status predicts fracture risk in rheumatoid arthritis

June 19, 2019
Adults with rheumatoid arthritis and higher measures indicating frailty were more likely to sustain an osteoporotic fracture during 4 years of…
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More than a quarter of patients with OA still receive opioids

June 19, 2019
Despite recommendations against their use, nearly 27% of patients with osteoarthritis still receive opioids and benzodiazepines, with about 36% of…