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Rheumatology and arthritis societies call for more support to improve arthritis treatment in Wales

Rheumatology and arthritis societies call for more support to improve arthritis treatment in Wales

Rheumatology and arthritis societies raise concerns for arthritis services in Wales and call for more support to improve long-term patient outcomes. [More]
CreakyJoints announces first patient-friendly guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis

CreakyJoints announces first patient-friendly guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis

CreakyJoints, the go-to source for more than 100,000 arthritis patients and their families world-wide who are seeking education, support, advocacy, and patient-centered research, today announced the forthcoming publication of “A Patient’s Guide to Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.” [More]
Low-impact exercise program for seniors helps reduce pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life

Low-impact exercise program for seniors helps reduce pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life

It's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, and that includes older adults with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions, according to a study. [More]
ACR issues statement regarding CMS final rule on MIPS and APMs

ACR issues statement regarding CMS final rule on MIPS and APMs

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized its policy implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model incentive payment provisions in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program. [More]
Gut bacteria can help predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis

Gut bacteria can help predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis

The bacteria in your gut do more than break down your food. They also can predict susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis, suggests Veena Taneja, Ph.D., an immunologist at Mayo Clinic's Center for Individualized Medicine. Dr. Taneja recently published two studies — one in Genome Medicine and one in Arthritis and Rheumatology — connecting the dots between gut microbiota and rheumatoid arthritis. [More]
Immunotherapy-treated cancer patients may develop rheumatic disorders

Immunotherapy-treated cancer patients may develop rheumatic disorders

Oncologists need to be aware of the potential for rheumatological diseases in patients with cancer following treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors, say US investigators. [More]
IOF urges clinicians in Asia to prepare for escalating crisis of osteoporosis among elderly people

IOF urges clinicians in Asia to prepare for escalating crisis of osteoporosis among elderly people

The International Osteoporosis Foundation is calling on doctors in the Asia-Pacific region to prepare for an immense rise in the number of elderly people suffering broken bones as a result of osteoporosis. [More]
Factors other than just cost may influence prescribing of TNF inhibitors for RA patients

Factors other than just cost may influence prescribing of TNF inhibitors for RA patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that a range of factors other than just cost may influence the prescribing of TNF inhibitors for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). [More]
Facebook advertising could be more effective way of identifying IBP patients

Facebook advertising could be more effective way of identifying IBP patients

The results of a UK study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that busing Facebook to raise awareness about the symptoms of Inflammatory Back Pain (IBP) and the need to seek medical help early may reduce the delay in diagnosis and treatment. [More]
Study shows rheumatologists underestimate disease severity in OA patients

Study shows rheumatologists underestimate disease severity in OA patients

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed patients with osteoarthritis (OA) are more likely to have the impact of their condition underestimated by rheumatologists than patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). [More]
New PsA-comorbidity index may help identify patients at risk of hospitalisation and premature death

New PsA-comorbidity index may help identify patients at risk of hospitalisation and premature death

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress showed that a newly developed method of evaluating the impact of different comorbidities in patients with Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) can be used to prospectively identify those PsA patients at greater risk of hospitalisation and premature death. [More]
Air pollution exposure may have direct role in triggering lupus among children and adolescents

Air pollution exposure may have direct role in triggering lupus among children and adolescents

The results of a study presented today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress show for the first time that an individual's exposure to air pollution may have a direct role in triggering disease activity as well as airway inflammation in children and adolescents with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). [More]
Study identifies shortfall in uptake of influenza, pneumococcal vaccination among RA patients

Study identifies shortfall in uptake of influenza, pneumococcal vaccination among RA patients

Research from The University of Manchester has found a shortfall in the uptake of influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations among those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), potentially increasing their infection risk. [More]
Rheumatoid arthritis patients who stop smoking reduce their risk of earlier death

Rheumatoid arthritis patients who stop smoking reduce their risk of earlier death

University of Manchester-led research has found new evidence to suggest that, not only is smoking associated with earlier deaths in those with rheumatoid arthritis, but also those who stop smoking dramatically reduce their risk of earlier death, as published in Arthritis Care and Research journal. [More]
BSR report outlines plans to help patients make informed choices about their treatment

BSR report outlines plans to help patients make informed choices about their treatment

A lack of national data and indicators in the UK makes it difficult for rheumatologists to demonstrate effective care for patients with inflammatory arthritis. This also leaves patients without the information they need to take control of their care. [More]
New BSR guidelines on prescribing anti-rheumatic medication during pregnancy, breastfeeding

New BSR guidelines on prescribing anti-rheumatic medication during pregnancy, breastfeeding

The new BSR guidelines make a number of specific recommendations for the use of standard and/or biologic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), providing crucial advice for clinicians, obstetricians and midwives. [More]
UAB's Undiagnosed Diseases Program finds answers for mysterious health issues

UAB's Undiagnosed Diseases Program finds answers for mysterious health issues

Stephanie and Christopher Smith have been on a long, difficult and often frustrating journey to find answers for the mysterious health issues of their children. It started 24 years ago when their third child, Gage, was born. Gage, his younger brother Aiden and then sister Mandalynn, now 13, all developed mysterious symptoms that mystified doctors. [More]
ACR releases 2015 Guideline for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

ACR releases 2015 Guideline for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) released its 2015 Guideline for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) during the 2015 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Francisco. [More]
New review finds scant scientific evidence supporting use of cannabinoids in rheumatic diseases

New review finds scant scientific evidence supporting use of cannabinoids in rheumatic diseases

Although there are anecdotal reports indicating that cannabinoids, especially marijuana (or herbal cannabis), may be of therapeutic benefit for some patients with rheumatic complaints, a new review published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, finds scant scientific evidence supporting any use of cannabinoids in rheumatic diseases. Furthermore, not a single controlled study has examined herbal cannabis in the rheumatology patient population. [More]
Presence of tophi in people with gout can increase risk of developing cardiovascular disease

Presence of tophi in people with gout can increase risk of developing cardiovascular disease

The presence of tophi - crystal deposits of uric acid found on the surface of the joints or in the skin and cartilage - in people with gout can increase their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco. [More]
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