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RheumNow Week in Review - 19 May 2016

Dr. Jack Cush reviews this week's news and research highlights from

  1. RCT shows 12 wks of PT vs TaiChi was equally effective in Knee OA looking at 52 week outcomes, including WOMAC scores. But less depression and better QOL measures seen in the Tai Chi group
  2. Lupus retinopathy seen in 12% of 96 lupus patients; mild in 61%. Those with retinopathy had higher serum Creatinine, ESR, & Platelet counts
  3. The prevalence of Gout in NIDDM is ~10%; Patients with both Gout and NIDDM are  likely to be elderly, men, obese, with high lipids, neuropathy and lower GFR.
  4. Cohort study shows that some kids with systemic JIA will respond to NSAIDs alone.  Those most likely to be NSAID responsive are < 6 yrs, have 5 or less joints and CRP < 1.3mg/dl
  5. Analysis of 17 patients with Multicentric Reticulonodular histiocytosis shows good responses with TNF inhibitors (+/- DMARD)
  6. Reviews of 21 major US & UK newspapers finds social embarrassment seen with gout in 24% of articles and jokes or humor to gout in 26%.
  7. Reports Call for More Gout Education as surveys show patients to be unclear about their condition, often undertreated, improperly monitored and frequently stigmatized by their gout.  
  8. Risk Factors for Bisphosphonate Bone Complications.   


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