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Tech Tips Series #2: Reading and Storing Journal Articles Online

What would you call it: A barrage or a flood? No question that you're inundated by clinical information online. In the second part of his series on managing the problem, Suleman Bhana MD walks you through two apps for sorting and saving the articles you actually need to read.

Arthritis

More good news for Actemra: rheumatoid arthritis patients can safely transition from the intravenous form of the IL-16 blocker to the injectable version.

Prompt action by Alabama rheumatologists has caused Blue Cross Blue Shield to rethink a policy denying all claims for injections into knees with osteoarthritis. But a similar "ban" on hyaluronic acid in neighboring Florida takes effect today.

A major disconnect in psoriatic arthritis treatment: Assessment tools and guidelines largely ignore flares. But over half of patients in two new surveys report severe flares or completely unremitting disease. Both are linked to poor outcomes.

A second biomarker panel shows promise in distinguishing osteoarthritis from rheumatoid arthritis early enough to prevent joint damage. This one relies partly on lack of antibody response to citrullinated proteins in early osteoarthritis.

(AAOS2015) Evidence from large insurance databases shows that knee replacement often quickly follows arthroscopy or injections. It would make (economic and clinical) sense to go straight to surgery, the researchers contend.

Over five years, in the randomized GO-REVEAL study, golimumab helped more than half of psoriatic arthritis patients achieve minimal disease activity.

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