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Spondylitis

Treatment Guideline For AxSpA Updated By Spondylitis Organizations

The Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network (SPARTAN); released the 2019 Update of the Recommendations for the Treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and Nonradiographic Axial Spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA). The guideline includes 86 recommendations that provide updated; and new guidance for the management of patients with AS and nr-axSpA in the areas of pharmacologic; and non-pharmacologic treatment options;…

Vitamin-D

Vitamin D Benefits For Knee Osteoarthritis Are Inconclusive

The jury is still out on whether vitamin D benefits in preventing and improve knee osteoarthritis; according to a review published in ACR Open Rheumatology. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common musculoskeletal disease; and an significant cause of disability in the elderly population. It is characterized by skeletal pain, structural damage, and impairment of joint…

Osteoarthritis

Simple Computational Models Predicts Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis

Knee joint injuries, such as ligament rupture, are common in athletes. As the intact joint ligaments offer a precondition for joint stability, ligament injuries often surgically reconstructed. However, in many cases these injuries or surgeries can lead to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. The articular cartilage, which serves to provide friction less contact between bones; wears out completely,…

Upadacitinib

Oral Janus kinase (JAK) Inhibitor Upadacitinib For Rheumatoid Arthritis

The oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor upadacitinib (Rinvoq, AbbVie) US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved; for adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA); who fail to respond adequately or are intolerant to methotrexate (MTX).  Upadacitinib 15 mg taken once daily. The company expects it to be available in the United States later…

Arthritis

Arthritis Is Helped By Common Mineral Magnesium

For the people with the arthritis, the common mineral magnesium may show some relief in many people. Since magnesium is intimately involved with more than 700 enzyme processes in the body; suffering low levels could have a significant impact on your health. If you already have arthritis or you are at risk for developing this…

Rheumatoid arthritis

Trust In Physician Critical To Drug Adherence In Rheumatoid arthritis

Medication adherence for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, gout and osteoporosis was heavily influenced by the degree of trust patients had in their physician, as well as medication properties and patient capabilities, according to data published in Arthritis Care & Research. “Nonadherence is complex; and multifactorial and taking long-term medications for rheumatic conditions is challenging,” Ayano…

Pediatric rheumatologists

Pediatric Rheumatologists Vary On Drug Tapering Decisions For JIA

Although most pediatric rheumatologists agree with published consensus treatment plans; and with each other regarding tapering steroids for systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, there is considerable disagreement related to tapering decisions for other drugs; according to survey data published in Pediatric Rheumatology. “[Systemic] JIA can follow a monophasic (one episode of disease followed by remission); polyphasic…

Ultrasonography

Comparison Between Types Of Arthritis Based On Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography is a non-invasive and relatively inexpensive means of diagnosing a number of medical conditions. This review presents an analysis of the diagnostic value of ultrasound to draw comparison; between different types of arthritic conditions. The 7 major arthritic conditions included in this study are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, pseudogout (calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease);…

NSAIDs

NSAIDs Contribute To Side Effects In Patients With Osteoarthritis

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to control the pain and inflammation in individuals with osteoarthritis (OA), but a new Arthritis & Rheumatology study suggests that NSAIDs contribute to cardiovascular side effects in these patients. The substantial use of  NSAIDs in OA treatment and knowledge of CVD risk associated with NSAID use warrant an  investigation…

Traditional Chinese medicine

Rheumatic Drugs Adherence Higher In Traditional Chinese Medicine

The use of traditional Chinese medicine among Chinese American patients with rheumatic diseases is associated with a higher adherence to prescribed Western medications, according to data published in Arthritis Care & Research. “Chinese Americans are one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in the United States; and are known to have higher prevalence and worse…

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Intra-Articular Injection Offers No Benefit In Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis placed in a splint to encourage rest following intra-articular corticosteroid injection; or IACI, demonstrated no significant benefit against recurrent arthritis compared with those not given a splint; according to findings published in Pediatric Rheumatology. “There are currently no studies that systematically examine the different recommendations; made post-steroid joint injection in…