Friday, 15 Dec 2017

News

Physician Visit Times Vary Worldwide

A metanalysis published in BMJ Open shows that for half of the world’s population, primary care doctor visits last less than five minutes and that the range is from 48 seconds in Bangladesh to 22.5 minutes in Sweden (US PCP visit averages at 20 minutes).

Prevalence of Arthritis Grossly Underestimated

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine have published a new report showing that arthritis affected 91 million adults in the US in 2015 or 37% of the poplulation. Their prevalence estimate is 68% higher than previously reported arthritis national estimates. 

Gout Associated with Work Absenteeism

Annals of Rheumatic Disease reports that gout is associated with higher work absenteeism and thus, increased costs for society due to productivity loss.

Using Swedish national and regional registry data from 2000 to 2012, researchers studied 4571 gout patients of working age, and compared them to 22 482 population controls and assessed patient characteristics, work-loss days (absenteeism), sick leave and disability.

CDC Lyme Disease Surveillance Report

Lyme disease, caused by the spirochete Borrelia burdofgeri, is the most common vector-borne illness reported in the U.S. Cases occur mainly in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest as well as certain areas of the Pacific coast, with a geographic distribution based on residence of Ixodes scapularis (Ixodes pacificus on the West Coast), the vectors that transmits Lyme disease.

Surgical Decompression Ineffective for Subacromial Shoulder Pain

Lancet reports that a common surgical intervention, arthroscopic sub-acromial decompression is ineffective compared to arthroscopy or no surgery at all.

Vitamin D Insensitivity in the Rheumatoid Joint

Researchers from the University of Birmingham have shown that while Vitamin D may be effective at preventing the onset of inflammation, it is less effective once inflammatory disease is established - largely because, once established, rheumatoid arthritis leads to vitamin D insensitivity. (Citation source https://buff.ly/2iGHYmI)

Opioid Crisis Costs US $500 Billion

Reuters reports that the opioid crisis has cost the United States as much as $504 billion in 2015,  based on a White House economists report released this week. The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) said the toll from the opioid crisis represented 2.8% of gross domestic product that year.

RheumNow ACR 2017 Awards

The Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology is a gargantuan educational and professional event that is on nearly everyone's radar each year. RheumNow had an expansive effort to cover this meeting and you can review the work of our faculty at ACR17.RheumNow.com.  But we have decided to take this one step further and today we are announcing our 2017 RheumNow ACR Awards.

ACR Award Recipients 2017

The American College of Rheumatology opened the 2017 meeting by inducting the new president (Dr. David Daikh) and officers and announcing its 2017 Award Winners. These recognitions are given annually to members who exhibit outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology.

ACR17 Good News – Ankylosing Spondylitis and Spondyloarthritis

The following is a collection of AS/SpA-specific mentions culled from RheumNow's coverage of the Annual ACR 2017 meeting in San Diego.

Visit our RheumNow annual meeting site to read our gout content - http://acr17.rheumnow.com/category/gout-crystal/

Specific items:

J&J Hit with a $247 Million Verdict over Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements

Reuters reports that a federal jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics division to pay $247 million settlment to six patients who suffered from its defective Pinnacle, metal-on-metal, hip implants. in the US. J&J says it will  appeal this decision.

These implants were associated with tissue necrosis, bone erosion and other injuries due to implant design.

The RheumNow Week in Review - 17 November 2017

Dr. Jack Cush reviews the news and highlights from the past week on RheumNow.com. This week he covers FDA warnings on gout drugs, steroid use in Australia, biosimilars lost savings and methotrexate hepatotoxicity in psoriatic arthritis (PsA).