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Articles By Meral K. El Ramahi, MD, FACP, FACR

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Predicting RA, and Treatment of Subclinical Arthritis

Identifying patients that will develop RA in situations of seropositivity without overt clinical arthritis or identifying patients with undifferentiated oligo/polyarthritis that will develop RA remains a challenge in the field of rheumatology. 

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RA: Cardiovascular Risk Stratification and Potential Predictors of Risk

Early cardiovascular disease assessment and management is critical at diagnosis in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

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Novel TYK2 Inhibitor Efficacious for Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis

Dr. Philip Mease et al presented results of a phase II trial (OP0227) at EULAR 2021 that shows the efficacy and safety of an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TYKi), deucravacitinib, for treatment of active psoriatic arthritis (PsA).

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Ten-Year Analysis of Low-Dose Glucocorticoids in early RA

Abstract #1998 by C. Roubille et al from Montpellier, France is a 10-year prospective analysis that looked at the risk of severe outcomes related to very low-dose glucocorticoid in early rheumatoid arthritis from the ESPOIR cohort.

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FAST, FREED, CARES, & CONFIRMS: A Run-Down on the Black-Box Blues of Febuxostat

Febuxostat, a nonpurine xanthine oxidase inhibitor used in the treatment of chronic gout to lower serum urate levels, received bad press in 2019 after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed a black-box warning on the medication’s label suggesting that it increases the risk of cardiovasc

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Evolution of GCA Treatments - More to Come

The field of Rheumatology is an ever-nascent field with an incredible expansion in our therapeutic armamentarium over the past half century.  An example of such advancement is easily appreciated when reflecting on the innovative treatment approach to Giant Cell Arteritis (

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