Friday, 16 Nov 2018

Today's Headlines

Growing Tick Population Comes with Health Concerns

CNN has published a recent government report from the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group that suggests the US tick population is growing and may bring with it an increase in tick-related illnesses. 

While Lyme disease is the most popular of tick-borne illnesses, there are another 20 known conditions related to tick bites.

Pilot Data on Rituximab in Henoch-Schonlein Purpura

Management of Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) can be challenging as supportive care and avoidance of corticosteroids are often insufficient options. A new series of case reports and literature review of steroid refractory HSP suggests that rituximab may be effective in reducing hospital admissions, overall steroid use, and is capable of inducing remission.

Scleroderma Expert Treatment Preferences

Frustration may be the word that best characterizes many scleroderma management plans - owing to a lack of trials, lack of agreement and lack of clear guidance on management.

A panel of concerned experts  on systemic sclerosis (SSc) set out to develop consensus on SSc treatment algorithms.

Chikungunya Virus Vaccine Developed

Lancet reports on a new vaccine for Chikungunya fever (MV-CHIK) demonstraing excellent safety, tolerability and good immunogenicity, independent of pre-existing immunity against the vector. MV-CHIK is a promising vaccine for the prevention of chikungunya fever.

Subclinical Heart Inflammation Seen in RA

Subclinical myocardial inflammation is common among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is associated with articular disease activity, researchers reported.

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My typically pleasant 76 year old male was livid when I walked into the exam room.

I recently heard of a secondary school assignment wherein students were challenged to “bury” a word that was no longer useful or appropriate. Their exercise has now evolved into an unofficial RheumNow task force to retire diagnostic terms that have grown into misuse in rheumatology and medicine. How did we decide which words should perish? And by what criteria? Who has the final say?
As the healthcare landscape continues to change, “no show” rates will be an important factor for clinical practice. Implementing even one or two of the following proposed changes may help improve your no show rates.
By recognizing the limitations of memory and patient recall, I tend to focus historic elements that have high predictive value and avoid time consuming worm-holes in history-taking that have low predictive value. This leaves me with more time to listen to the patient.
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Drs. Mease, Cush and Ruderman: Psoriatic Arthritis
Drs. Philip Mease, Jack Cush and Eric Ruderman hold a panel discussion on the best of psoriatic arthritis at the ACR/ARHP Meeting in Chicago.
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