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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]
Resistance strength training reduces pain, increases function in people with hand OA

Resistance strength training reduces pain, increases function in people with hand OA

Resistance strength training reduces pain and increases function and treatment satisfaction in people with hand osteoarthritis, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco. [More]
ImmunArray launches SLE-key Rule-Out test for lupus patients

ImmunArray launches SLE-key Rule-Out test for lupus patients

Following a limited three-month trial period in which more than one hundred and fifty patients with lupus-like symptoms were tested for the difficult-to-diagnose disease, a new blood test for lupus is being rolled out nationally. [More]
Study: Biomarkers in maternal blood may predict risk for adverse outcomes in pregnant women with SLE

Study: Biomarkers in maternal blood may predict risk for adverse outcomes in pregnant women with SLE

Pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), are at higher risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preeclampsia, placental insufficiency, fetal death, miscarriages, and other complications. [More]

ACR releases new recommendations for treatment of AS and non-radiographic axial SpA

The American College of Rheumatology has released new recommendations for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (SpA). [More]
ACR releases two new publications to improve treatment of polymyalgia rheumatica, gout

ACR releases two new publications to improve treatment of polymyalgia rheumatica, gout

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released two new publications - recommendations aimed at improving the treatment of patients with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), and new classification criteria for gout. [More]
Scientists identify new protein that regulates severity of tissue damage caused by RA

Scientists identify new protein that regulates severity of tissue damage caused by RA

Scientists have identified a new protein (C5orf30) which regulates the severity of tissue damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation, pain, stiffness and damage to the joints of the feet, hips, knees, and hands. [More]
ACR commends FDA’s draft guidance requiring distinct names for biosimilars, biologic therapies

ACR commends FDA’s draft guidance requiring distinct names for biosimilars, biologic therapies

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) today praised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for issuing draft guidance requiring separate and distinct names for biosimilars and biologic therapies. [More]

CSRO survey reveals rheumatologists have concerns about biosimilars approval process

The Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations (CSRO), a nationwide group of state and regional professional rheumatology societies, today released the findings of a national survey of rheumatologists that explored perceptions of biosimilars and the potential impact of these new drugs on patients. [More]
ImmunArray to launch SLE-key Rule Out test for lupus in select U.S. markets

ImmunArray to launch SLE-key Rule Out test for lupus in select U.S. markets

At the premier European forum on rheumatologic disorders, ImmunArray, maker of a breakthrough technology that provides unprecedented levels of accuracy in ruling out the presence of lupus through a simple blood test, announced today that it is launching its new SLE-key™ Rule Out test in selected U.S. markets on July 1, 2015. [More]
Unique rheumatoid arthritis diagnostics tool to launch at Hospitalar 2015

Unique rheumatoid arthritis diagnostics tool to launch at Hospitalar 2015

An exclusive solution to improve the diagnosis speed of rheumatoid arthritis - one of the world's five most financially burdensome illnesses for the health insurance systems – will be launched by BGE Systems Ltd at Hospitalar 2015... [More]
Juvenile arthritis care in NSW, Australia: an interview with Jannine Jackson

Juvenile arthritis care in NSW, Australia: an interview with Jannine Jackson

Juvenile arthritis is a disease that, by definition, affects children under the age of sixteen. It's an autoimmune inflammatory condition that affects children's joints. Several different forms of the condition are diagnosed based on how many joints are affected and whether or not other parts of the body are also affected... [More]
Orofacial pain specialists at Case Western Reserve University treat complex health issues

Orofacial pain specialists at Case Western Reserve University treat complex health issues

Andres Pinto, an orofacial pain and oral medicine specialist at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, often feels like the doctor in the television series House, who solves medical mysteries each week. [More]
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