Thursday, 21 Sep 2017

Today's Headlines

Rituximab Efficacy in IgG4 Related Disease

PLOS reports  greater than 90% efficacy when rituximab (RTX) is used to treat patients with IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD). 

Romosuzumab Followed by Alendronate is Best in Fracture Prevention

The NEJM reports that in high risk post-menopausal women, romosozumab for 12 months followed by alendronate resulted in a significantly lower fracture than alendronate alone. 

Half of Takayasu's Arteritis Relapse

A French retrospective study of 318 Takayasu's arteritis (TA) patients shows that 50% of patients will relapse and experience a vascular complication ≤10 years from diagnosis. 

CDC: 40% of U.S Adults Claim to Have Arthritis

The CDC has reported its 2013 and 2014 prevalence statistics for arthritis and other chronic medical conditions affecting U.S. adults aged ≥18 years. Data is drawn from the ongoing Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-based, telephone survey of noninstitutionalized adults. Data herein is self-reported arthritis (OA, RA, Gout, FM) and is quantified by state and metropolitan areas.

Mortality with Interstitial Lung Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Annals of Rheumatic Disease has published a Danish population based study demonstrating the high mortality rates seen with interstitial lung disease (ILD).

Between the years 2004 and 2016, researchers identified 679 RA patients with RA-ILD and matched these (age, gender) against 11 722 RA patients without ILD.

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Busy days, overbooked patients and EMR overloads will certainly derail your day, especially if you don’t have a system to optimize efficiency.  However, in your harried efforts you may overlook several simple, smart, if not crucial, tasks while seeing your next patient.

Angie is my last patient before lunch. I've known her since her RA diagnosis at age 17 years. And for the last 7 years, she’s matured into a fabulous young woman who has adeptly grown her professional life, her dating life and developed her independence, despite her severely active rheumatoid arthritis. But today I see she has a troubled and anxious look as I greet her. 

Rheumatology is the perfect blend of opposites: art and science; technology and skills; young and

It's Monday morning and my first patient is a newly diagnosed rheumatoid. This is his first visit back after starting methotrexate 6 weeks ago. Despite doing great and in remission with only one active joint, he asks, “Are sure this is RA? Or could this be Still’s disease?” Admittedly, this is a weird second-visit question, but I was impressed.  

A recent analysis of 3 groups of treatment-naïve, early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) patients looke

Dr. Gurkipal Singh - Hospitalizations in Gout
Dr. Gurkipal Singh attends EULAR 2017 in Madrid.
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