Tag: arthritis

Rheumatology Smoking Cessation Referral Program Finds Success

A new protocol designed to help patients in rheumatology clinics quit smoking proved both efficient and effective in referring willing participants to free tobacco quit...

Chronic Immune-Related Adverse Events Likely Common After Anti-PD-1 Therapy for Melanoma

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Chronic immune-related adverse events (irAEs) associated with anti-programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) therapy for melanoma were more common than previously thought...

Nearly 20% of Lupus Patients Have Severe Infection in First Decade After Diagnosis

People with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) experienced significantly higher rates of first severe infections, a higher number of severe infections overall, and greater infection-related mortality,...

RA Experts Highlight Key Developments Over the Past Year

A massive Swedish cohort study suggesting that biologic agents reduce the known excess risk of lymphoma in patients with rheumatoid arthritis was hailed as one...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Meds May Help Fight Severe COVID

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Rheumatoid arthritis drugs may save lives of patients hospitalized with severe cases of COVID-19, according to a groundbreaking...

Tocilizumab May Improve Lung Function in Early Systemic Sclerosis

Treatment with tocilizumab (Actemra) could stabilize or improve lung function in people with early interstitial lung disease associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc-ILD), a new study...

Outcomes Have Improved for PAH in Connective Tissue Disease

Survival rates for patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with connective tissue diseases have improved significantly in recent years, and there is growing evidence that...

‘Adaptive’ Yoga Opens This Practice to Everyone

Feb. 17, 2021 — The typical yoga class might look like a roomful of people bending and twisting themselves into various positions, but yoga is...

Accident Gives MS Doctor Insight Into Patients’ Lives

Editor’s note: The original text has been revised and updated. As Gavin Giovannoni, MBBCh, PhD, an esteemed British multiple sclerosis (MS) expert, set out for...

Patients With Early Arthritis May Need Tailored Treatments

Patients with early, undifferentiated arthritis may benefit from milder or stronger treatments, depending on the number of their risk factors for developing rheumatoid arthritis, researchers...

Lifestyle Fallout From Hip Fracture Declines by Year 2

Most people recover from the depression associated with a hip fracture in about a year as they return to normal activities, researchers find. Physicians can...

Rheumatoid Arthritis Myths

Thanks to an abundance of easy-to-find (but not always accurate) information, many people have misconceptions about rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Maybe you’ve heard that RA is...

Temper Enthusiasm for Long-term Treatment With Bisphosphonates?

Women treated with oral bisphosphonate drugs for osteoporosis for 5 years get no additional benefit ― in terms of hip fracture risk ― if the...

Peripheral Neuropathy Tied to Mortality in Adults Without Diabetes

Peripheral neuropathy is common in US adults and is associated with an increased risk of death, even in the absence of diabetes, researchers report today...

Real Acupuncture Beat Sham for Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Electro-acupuncture resulted in significant improvement in pain and function, compared with sham acupuncture, in a randomized trial of more than 400 adults with knee OA....

Slow Taper off Antimalarial Avoids Lupus Flare During Remission

Slowly tapering off – or remaining on – antimalarial medications can help prevent disease flare in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who’ve achieved clinical...

Romosozumab Treatment Sequence Influences Osteoporosis Outcomes

Timing is everything when it comes to the use of the anabolic agent romosozumab (Evenity) for the treatment of advanced osteoporosis, a review of clinical...

Proposed RA Guidelines: Maximize Methotrexate Before Switching

New proposed guidelines for managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) recommend that methotrexate (MTX) be used aggressively before other treatment options. Dr Liana Fraenkel Previous guidelines, last...

JIA Arthritis and Uveitis Flares ‘Often Run Parallel’

Children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis–associated uveitis (JIA-U) are significantly more likely to experience a flare in their eye disease if their arthritis is also worsening,...

Decline in Febuxostat Use Trends With Cardiovascular Concerns

Use of febuxostat (Uloric) decreased among patients with gout in the United States following a Food and Drug Administration–mandated black-box warning that cited cardiovascular concerns,...

Aspirin for Primary Prevention of CVD in Rheumatic Diseases

Low-dose aspirin may be considered for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with autoimmune systemic rheumatic diseases who are at particularly high...

Even Low-Dose Glucocorticoids Up Infection Risk in RA

Even low-dose glucocorticoids (GCs) are associated with a small but significant increased risk for infection among hospitalized patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a study has...

Longer Bisphosphonate Use Ups AFF Risk

In a national study of older Danes who had previously had a fracture and were taking bisphosphonates, the risk of having a serious though rare...

The Long Road to a PsA Prevention Trial

About one-third of all patients with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a condition that comes with a host of vague symptoms and no definitive...

Tailoring Treatment for Psoriasis, PsA, and Pregnancy

With an average age of diagnosis of 28 years, and one of two incidence peaks occurring at 15-30 years, psoriasis affects many women in the...