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Arthritis patients with resolved hepatitis B infection, who received disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate, were unlikely to have the hepatitis B resurface.
Patients with monoarthritis in their ankles had a particularly small chance of developing chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease.
Gout may be associated with greater risk of severe knee osteoarthritis, which in turn requires total knee replacement surgery.
Just two decades ago, hospital waiting rooms were packed with patients sitting in wheelchairs suffering, debilitated, from the pains of rheumatoid arthritis.
New research demonstrates that twins of lupus patients are at an increased risk of also contracting lupus or another autoimmune disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis patients have received suboptimal screenings and treatment for osteoporosis despite having a higher risk for that disease.
Men who work in bricklaying, concrete, material handling, and electronics, and women who are nursing assistants and attendants may be at higher risk for rheumatoid arthritis, per a recent study in Arthritis Care & Research.
“This is particularly notable, since the cohort consisted of the harder-to-treat patients, meaning those with long-standing disease with prior use of other biologic agents,” Dr. Harrold says.
“Doctors want to spend less time on burdensome regulations from Washington, D.C., and more time with their patients,” says Seema Verma, administrator of the department’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
T’ai chi practice may reduce the rate of falls and injury-related falls over the short term (less than 12 months).