Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

TODAY'S HEADLINES

Ustekinumab Effective in Behcet's Disease

A small prospective study has shown that ustekinumab is safe and effective in Behçet's disease (BD) with recurrent oral ulcers (OU).

NIH Workshop on Unmet Needs in Osteoporosis

In October 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened a workshop to address the "Appropriate Use of Drug Therapies for Osteoporotic Fracture Prevention"

Improved Survival in Lupus

A longitudinal study of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) from the Toronto Lupus Clinic has shown that mortality has decreased over time.

The cohort incuded 1732 SLE patients followed between 1971 and 2013. The cause of death was gleaned from death certificates, autopsy reports, hospital records or the records of the family physicians.  

Statins in RA Patients Without CVD: Nonsignificant Results

Patients with RA, but without CV disease, who were treated with atorvastatin appeared to experience cardiovascular (CV) benefits similar to what has been observed in other populations, with a risk reduction of approximately one-third, according to a large, but prematurely terminated, trial in the U.K.

Sleep Myths Debunked

A panel of 10 sleep experts studied 20 common sleep myths and found little or no evidence in support of these beliefs.

Sleep issues are highly prevalent among US adults, but few admit to it or do anything to manage it. 

Sponsored by AbbVie
Over the last several decades, researchers have identified a diverse array of immune cells, cytokines, and other inflammatory mediators as important contributors to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While these numerous actors contribute to different pathological processes in RA, many are known to activate common intracellular signaling pathways.
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“If you don't know what you want, you end up with a lot you don't.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, "Fight

He would have died. About 4 weeks ago, my 74 year old father-in-law, “Pops” was admitted to a small community hospital for delirium and worsening congestive heart failure. He was seen by a caring hospitalist and a local cardiologist who was deemed good by all the locals, but they could not get him better. Despite the delirium, Pops pleaded he wanted to live to see my 8 year old son graduate high school. My husband, who is an internist, respected the other doctors’ decision and did not want to interfere with his dad’s medical care. With tears in his eyes, he whispered, “I wish we could do more.” My heart was heavy as I did not want to go against my in-law’s wishes to get a second opinion. Trying to make the right decision, I talked to my colleagues, I talked to my patients, and I talked to my own family: what should I do? Go against my in-law’s wishes and transfer him to Dallas for a full evaluation or be complicit in the Do Not Resuscitate Order?
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