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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.
New method could help physicians detect infection in wounds in less than a minute

New method could help physicians detect infection in wounds in less than a minute

A new method for detection of infection in wounds could take physicians less than a minute to complete, rather than the current 24 hours it takes to plate bacteria and leave it to incubate overnight, according to research by the George Washington University's Victoria Shanmugam, M.D. [More]
UAB discovery may offer new therapeutic approaches to asthma

UAB discovery may offer new therapeutic approaches to asthma

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found a previously unknown step in the pathway that leads to asthma, a discovery that may offer new therapeutic approaches to this incurable disease. Asthma affects more than 25 million people in the United States, including about 7 million children. [More]
Parathyroid hormone may mediate antihypertensive fracture risk

Parathyroid hormone may mediate antihypertensive fracture risk

Parathyroid hormone levels may be elevated by use of some antihypertensive agents but reduced by others, analysis of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis suggests. [More]
Study throws light on why gout not well managed in many patients

Study throws light on why gout not well managed in many patients

A study published online this month in the Arthritis Care and Research journal is shedding light on why gout, a painful and common form of arthritis, is not well managed in many patients. The journal is published by the American College of Rheumatology. [More]
BENEPALI granted marketing authorization in the EU for treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases

BENEPALI granted marketing authorization in the EU for treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases

The joint venture between Biogen and Samsung BioLogics, Samsung Bioepis, has been granted European Commission (EC) approval for BENEPALI , an etanercept biosimilar referencing Enbrel. [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]
New study shows bone marrow lesions could help identify rapidly progressing osteoarthritis

New study shows bone marrow lesions could help identify rapidly progressing osteoarthritis

A new study from the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, shows lesions, which can best be seen on MRI scans, could help identify individuals who are more likely to suffer from more rapidly progressing osteoarthritis. [More]
Novartis announces FDA approval of Cosentyx for treatment of adult patients with AS and PsA

Novartis announces FDA approval of Cosentyx for treatment of adult patients with AS and PsA

Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved Cosentyx (secukinumab) for two new indications - the treatment of adult patients with active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and active psoriatic arthritis (PsA). [More]
Patient recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis treatment: an interview with Dr Nowell

Patient recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis treatment: an interview with Dr Nowell

The study, “When patients write the guidelines: Patient panel recommendations for the treatment of RA,” published in Arthritis Research & Care, demonstrated the feasibility of developing CPG recommendations based on a voting panel composed entirely of patients. [More]
Major bone fracture may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life

Major bone fracture may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life

Breaking a major bone may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life, a new study has found. [More]

Natural dietary supplement Arthrem significantly reduces pain and stiffness in osteoarthritis patients

New Zealand company Promisia Integrative Limited, announced today significant positive results from a clinical trial on their natural dietary supplement Arthrem. The results have been published in the December 2015 issue of Clinical Rheumatology, a prestigious international peer reviewed medical journal. [More]
New AARDA report highlights key issues and trends at State of Autoimmunity National Summit

New AARDA report highlights key issues and trends at State of Autoimmunity National Summit

What are the known environmental factors that trigger autoimmune disease and what are the latest technologies being developed to measure an individual's exposure to such risks? [More]
Study advances understanding of chronic and progressive nature of gout if treated inadequately

Study advances understanding of chronic and progressive nature of gout if treated inadequately

Emeritus professor of medicine, Elisio Pascual, at the Miguel Hernández Univeristy in Elche and former head of the Rheumatology Unit at Alicante University Hospital has published a research paper presenting previously unknown data that contribute to our understanding of gout as a crystal deposition disease. [More]
NEJM publishes results of Cosentyx Phase III studies in ankylosing spondylitis

NEJM publishes results of Cosentyx Phase III studies in ankylosing spondylitis

Novartis announced today that the results of the MEASURE 1 and MEASURE 2 Phase III studies for Cosentyx® (secukinumab) in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) were published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). These pivotal studies demonstrated significant clinical improvements with Cosentyx versus placebo in reducing the signs and symptoms of active AS – a long-term, painful and debilitating inflammation of the spine. [More]
Zurampic (lesinurad) approved to treat high levels of hyperuricemia associated with gout

Zurampic (lesinurad) approved to treat high levels of hyperuricemia associated with gout

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zurampic (lesinurad) to treat high levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) associated with gout, when used in combination with a xanthine oxidase inhibitor (XOI), a type of drug approved to reduce the production of uric acid in the body. [More]
Surgery more effective than drug therapy in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism

Surgery more effective than drug therapy in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism

A study led by researchers from the Nephrology group at Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) and the University Hospital of Bellvitge (HUB), compared the results of surgery with drug therapy in patients with tertiary hyperparathyroidism, ie after a kidney transplant. [More]
Oxford University researchers find that a blood test could predict rheumatoid arthritis risk

Oxford University researchers find that a blood test could predict rheumatoid arthritis risk

Scientists have found a marker that can indicate your likelihood of suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) even sixteen years before the condition takes effect. A team from the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at Oxford University found that a blood test that looks for antibodies that recognize the protein tenascin-C could reliably show those who will contract the condition. [More]
New study may help doctors to better treat children who cope with chronic pain

New study may help doctors to better treat children who cope with chronic pain

A new study describes the development of pediatric pain measures for a National Institutes of Health Initiative aimed at helping doctors better evaluate and therefore better treat children who cope with chronic pain. Based on face-to-face interviews with pediatric patients, the study better captured the young patient's perspective of living with chronic pain. [More]
Mallinckrodt sells CMDS business to Guerbet for $270 million

Mallinckrodt sells CMDS business to Guerbet for $270 million

Mallinckrodt plc, a leading specialty biopharmaceutical company, announced today that it has closed the sale of its global contrast media and delivery systems (CMDS) business to Guerbet in a transaction valued at approximately $270 million. [More]
People with viral infections and identical gene mutations may be prone to hyperinflammatory disorder

People with viral infections and identical gene mutations may be prone to hyperinflammatory disorder

A group of people with fatal H1N1 flu died after their viral infections triggered a deadly hyperinflammatory disorder in susceptible individuals with gene mutations linked to the overactive immune response, according to a study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. [More]
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