Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Rheumatology Network Articles

My assignments for Rheumatology Network include reporting on recent scientific studies about rheumatoid arthritis and other related diseases. Although these articles are intended primarily for a physician audience (and thus can get a bit technical and jargon-y) I know patients are also interested in scientific advances - so I still want to share links to these articles! But if you ever have additional questions, please don't hesitate to let me know!

Anti-inflammatory Therapy for Atherosclerotic Disease
Canakinumab lowers CRP level and may significantly lower the incidence of recurrent cardiovascular events.

The live varicella-zoster vaccine may be effective in patients with RA who are starting treatment with tofacitinib.

BMD Loss Predicts Joint Damage in Rheumatoid Arthritis
A decrease in BMD just 3 months after diagnosis may independently predict radiologic damage at 1 year.

Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Connected to BMD
Low proximal tibial trabecular bone mineral density may play a role in its development.

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