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Rheumatology is a sub-specialty in internal medicine and pediatrics, devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of rheumatic diseases. Rheumatologists mainly deal with clinical problems involving joints, soft tissues and allied conditions of connective tissues.
Blood pressure self-management suitable for high-risk patients

Blood pressure self-management suitable for high-risk patients

Patients with hypertension and high cardiovascular risk can successfully monitor and titrate their own antihypertensive medication, shows research published in JAMA. [More]
Research roundup: Benefits of hip surgery; preventing surgical infections; assessing ACOs' predecessors

Research roundup: Benefits of hip surgery; preventing surgical infections; assessing ACOs' predecessors

Surgical treatment of hip fractures can achieve better survival and functional outcomes than nonoperative treatment, but less is known about its economic benefits. ... We estimated the effects of surgical treatment for displaced hip fractures through a Markov cohort analysis of patients 65 years and older. ... Estimated average lifetime societal benefits per patient exceeded the direct medical costs of hip fracture surgery by $65,000 to $68,000 for displaced hip fractures. With the exception of the assumption of nursing home use, the sensitivity analyses show that surgery produces positive net societal savings (Gu, Koenig, Mather and Tongue, 8/5). [More]
Risk-based treatment approach should be considered for patients with hypertension

Risk-based treatment approach should be considered for patients with hypertension

Blood pressure-lowering treatment should target patients at greatest cardiovascular risk and not just those with the highest baseline levels, suggest findings of a meta-analysis. [More]
Many people with severe rheumatoid arthritis failing to take expensive medication

Many people with severe rheumatoid arthritis failing to take expensive medication

Large numbers of people with severe rheumatoid arthritis are failing to take expensive medication as prescribed, according to a new multi-centre study led by researchers in Manchester. [More]
AMGF participates in collaborative effort to find best practices in managing RA patients

AMGF participates in collaborative effort to find best practices in managing RA patients

The American Medical Group Foundation today announced participants in a collaborative dedicated to finding best practices in managing patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). [More]
Meta-analysis shows blood pressure variability and mortality link

Meta-analysis shows blood pressure variability and mortality link

A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies investigating the link between visit-to-visit variability of blood pressure and cardiovascular disease or all-cause mortality has revealed a modest, but significant, association. [More]
Research roundup: Benefits of smaller practices; Rx price growth; fixing Medicare claims reviews

Research roundup: Benefits of smaller practices; Rx price growth; fixing Medicare claims reviews

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services within the Department of Health and Human Services has taken steps to prevent its contractors from conducting certain duplicative postpayment claims reviews-;reviews of the same claims that are not permitted by the agency-;but CMS neither has reliable data nor provides sufficient oversight and guidance to measure and fully prevent duplication. [More]
Speckle tracking data shows promise in right ventricular assessment

Speckle tracking data shows promise in right ventricular assessment

Patients with pulmonary hypertension have reduced right ventricular strain and more dyssynchronous ventricles than healthy individuals, show results of a three-dimensional speckle tracking study. [More]
Mortality predictors REVEALed for PAH in systemic sclerosis

Mortality predictors REVEALed for PAH in systemic sclerosis

Elderly men and patients with low baseline systolic blood pressure are among those at a particularly high risk of death from pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with systemic sclerosis, a US study has found. [More]
Midlife hypertension link to later-life cognitive decline strengthened

Midlife hypertension link to later-life cognitive decline strengthened

Analysis of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study cohort supports an association between elevated blood pressure in midlife and increased cognitive decline in older age. [More]
Black and Hispanic SLE patients are more likely to be readmitted than white patients

Black and Hispanic SLE patients are more likely to be readmitted than white patients

A new study reveals that one in six patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. [More]
PSAL students to receive free comprehensive health screening at HSS

PSAL students to receive free comprehensive health screening at HSS

It's a parent's worst nightmare, and it happens out of the blue. While playing a sport, often football, a teen athlete collapses on the field and doesn't make it. [More]
Hypertension control may ward off renal damage in diabetics

Hypertension control may ward off renal damage in diabetics

Elevated blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of renal damage in patients with Type 2 diabetes, especially if they have poor glycaemic control, study findings suggest. [More]
Probiotics have ‘modest’ effect on blood pressure

Probiotics have ‘modest’ effect on blood pressure

The consumption of probiotics may help to reduce blood pressure, say the authors of a meta-analysis. [More]
Timely diagnosis and treatment important to combat juvenile arthritis

Timely diagnosis and treatment important to combat juvenile arthritis

Most people associate arthritis with aging, but the fact is, one in 1,000 children is diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. [More]
Chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis: an interview with Ailsa Bosworth, CE, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

Chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis: an interview with Ailsa Bosworth, CE, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

Chronic fatigue is about much more than merely feeling tired and when it is at its worst, people feel unable to do almost anything, so it can impact absolutely every area of their life. [More]
BP variability may be ‘CV risk integrator’

BP variability may be ‘CV risk integrator’

Increased variability in blood pressure may be an indicator of overall cardiovascular risk rather than being a risk factor per se, suggest researchers. [More]
Mount Sinai Hospital earns top rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll

Mount Sinai Hospital earns top rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Honor Roll

By earning "top rankings" in six out of 16 medical specialties, The Mount Sinai Hospital achieved "Honor Roll" status in this year's U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" guidebook. [More]
PAH disease burden ‘significant’

PAH disease burden ‘significant’

Patients with newly diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension have a substantial burden of disease, with more than half hospitalised during the first 3 years post-diagnosis, research shows. [More]
Healthy lifestyle helps hard-to-treat hypertensive patients

Healthy lifestyle helps hard-to-treat hypertensive patients

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can prevent cardiovascular events even among patients with apparent treatment-resistant hypertension, say researchers. [More]