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Women Doctors More Likely to Be Called By First Name in Patient Messages

Female physicians were more likely to be called by their first names in electronic medical record (EMR) patient portal messaging, researchers found.

Orthopedic surgery patients do fine without opioid painkillers


Hamilton, ON (Oct. 4, 2022) – Patients can recover from orthopedic surgery just as well without using opioid-based painkillers, says a McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Transitioning JIA to Adult Care is Problematic

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) may start in adolescence and extend into adulthood.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Need to Quit Smoking ASAP

While it is known that smoking ups the risk of developing RA, its effect on outcomes in those with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is less known.  A report from an early arthritis registry shows that current smoking increases disease activity and lowers health-related quality of life.

Causes of Death in Lupus

The California Lupus Surveillance Project has longitudinally followed included systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) cases and shown that overall, the leading cause of death was cardiovascular disease (CVD), followed by rheumatic disease and hematologic/oncologic conditions.

IL-17 Switching Works in Psoriatic Disease

Analysis of data from a Czech nationwide registry of psoriatic patients receiving biologic or targeted therapies (BIOREP) has shown a high success rate when switching between specific IL-17 inhibitors.

Great and Not So Great (9.30.2022)

This week it's the great and not-so-great on gout, chondrocalcinosis, osteoporosis and misdiagnosis. We are good at many of those things - what's not so great? Let's review the news and journal reports from the past week on RheumNow.

COVID-19 Arthropathy and Myalgia

An online survey of random COVID-19 infected persons shows that arthralgia and myalgia are common consequences to COVID-19 infection.

2022 Lasker Award Winners

The Lasker Foundation has announced the winners of its 2022 Lasker Awards, widely regarded as America’s top biomedical research prize since its creation more than 75 years ago. Here's a look at the award winners and their important contributions to biomedical research.

Opioid Crisis Costs USA $1.5 Trillion

Reuters has reported the results of a Congressional report showing the economic toll of the opioid addiction and overdose crisis on the United States reached nearly $1.5 trillion in 2020 alone and is likely to grow.

Efficacy and Safety of JAK Inhibitors in Psoriatic Disease

There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating efficacy and safety of JAK inhibitors in patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, according to a systematic review in BMC Rheumatology.

Uncommon Misdiagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Using long-term patient data from the BARFOT study of early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, researchers at the Karolinska Institute have shown that use of the ACR-1987 classification criteria was highly precise.