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

Oct 05, 2022

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



In adjusted analyses, women doctors were more than twice as likely as their male counterparts to be addressed by their first name in

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Orthopedic surgery patients do fine without opioid painkillers

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Oct 05, 2022

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).



Study results showed

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Transitioning JIA to Adult Care is Problematic

Oct 04, 2022

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) may start in adolescence and extend into adulthood. This report of the Nordic experience shows that both pediatric and adulty rheumatologists need to develop "transition" practices; without such an approach considerable gaps in healthcare will befall these

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Need to Quit Smoking ASAP

Oct 04, 2022

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.

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Causes of Death in Lupus

Oct 03, 2022

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.

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IL-17 Switching Works in Psoriatic Disease

Oct 03, 2022

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.

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Great and Not So Great (9.30.2022)

Sep 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.

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COVID-19 Arthropathy and Myalgia

Sep 30, 2022

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



Like other alphaviruses, the coronavirus has been reported to result in numerous musculoskeletal complaints. Researchers assessed the prevalence of

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2022 Lasker Award Winners

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Sep 29, 2022

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.

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Opioid Crisis Costs USA $1.5 Trillion

Sep 29, 2022

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.

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Efficacy and Safety of JAK Inhibitors in Psoriatic Disease

Sep 28, 2022

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.

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Uncommon Misdiagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sep 28, 2022

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.



The BARFOT (Better Anti-Rheumatic PharmacOTherapy) study enrolled

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NSAIDs Linked to Heart Failure in Diabetes Patients

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Sep 27, 2022

Short-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) is associated with a first-time hospitalisation for heart failure in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2022.

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Are We Overcautious With TNF Inhibitors in Pregnancy?

MedPage Today
Sep 27, 2022

What may seem like a prudent approach to treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in pregnant women actually represents an overabundance of caution, suggested researchers who found no increased risk from tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors.

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Immune Benefits to Sound Sleep

Sep 26, 2022

The revitalizing powers of sleep are numerous but what are the consequences to inadequate sleep? A current report in the Journal of Experimental Medicine shows the connection between sleep and immune function as measured in mice and humans; specifically, a good night’s sleep promotes normal

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Rheumatology Leaders and Patient Advocates Convene on Capitol Hill

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Sep 26, 2022

ACR members along with rheumatology patients gathered on Capitol Hill and urged federal lawmakers to support the HELP Copays Act, Safe Step Act, and Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act.

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Heavy Metal Rheumatology (9.23.2022)

Sep 23, 2022

Below are this week’s highlights from RheumNow, as discussed by Dr. Jack Cush. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and great reviews of our weekly podcast. Please let us know how we can improve by emailing me or recording your suggestion using the "Ask Cush Anything" link on our website

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Cancer Risk with Scleroderma

Sep 22, 2022

Spanish Scleroderma Registry examined a large cohort of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients showing an increased cancer risk, especially breast, lung, hematologic and colorectal cancer.

The registry included 1930 patients with SSc and were compared to a matched general population to derive the

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USPSTF Recommends Screening for Anxiety and Depression

Sep 22, 2022

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that general practitioners actively screen and identify anxiety and depression in all adult patients under 65 yrs.



The USPSTF was appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services, and has been working on this guideline

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Is PMR the Next Indication for Tocilizumab?

MedPage Today
Sep 21, 2022

About half of patients with steroid-dependent polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) were able to get off steroids altogether when they were started on tocilizumab (Actemra) infusions, which also improved disease control in most cases, a randomized phase III trial showed.



In a 24-week study, 49

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Clinical Profiles Seen with NXP-2 Antibodies

Sep 20, 2022

A recent review of the myositis associated autoantibody NXP-2 profiles its clinical associations with dermatomyositis (DM), calcinosis, severe myositis and, in some reports, with cancer.

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Yoga Fails to Benefit Knee Osteoarthritis

Sep 20, 2022

The Annals of Internal Medicine has published a study showing online yoga education and an unsupervised yoga program may improve physical function did not improve knee pain after 12 weeks and 24 weeks.



The study included 212 adults with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis who were

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Hydroxychloroquine Dosing and SLE Flares

Sep 19, 2022

A cohort study examining hydroxychloroquine dosing in patients with SLE suggests that HCQ doses of 5 mg/kg per day or less, in accordance with current ophthalmology and rheumatology guidelines, was associated with a higher risk of lupus flares, including moderate or severe lupus flares.

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ACR's State-by-State Report Cards for Rheumatic Disease

Sep 19, 2022

New report examines access, affordability, and activity and lifestyle factors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, evaluating how easy it is to live with a rheumatic disease in your state. No state scored an "A" or "F", and only two states improved their 2018 grades.

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Doctor Appointment Wait Times are Up Forbes reports that a recent Merritt Hawkins survey shows that patients are waiting an average of 26 days for a scheduled appointment with a doctor.https://t.co/qYfTf2Kxlv https://t.co/BuvihCk0M6
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